THE AMPHIBIANS OF BORNEO
Of the approximately 190 species now known from Borneo, 140 (or nearly three-quarters) are endemic to the island. Adding to the frog fauna are several species that are human commensals, and suspected to have arrived in the past century, mostly inadvertently with plants and other agricultural products, and one is an escapee from frog farms.
The most recent assessment of the world’s amphibians paints a bleak picture for the Bornean amphibian fauna. Of those whose conservation status has been assessed, 83 have been classified as threatened, representing nearly half the known amphibian fauna of the island. These figures are, of course, conservative estimates. These indicate insufficiency in current knowledge of Bornean frogs, and a need for further research on a diverse series of disciplines, from taxonomy and systematics, to ecology, ethology, and distribution.
THE 9TH INTERNATIONAL BORNEAN FROG RACE 2021
90 days (1 September - 29 November 2021) | Anywhere on Borneo
In line with the current norm of social distancing and online learning, a new version of International Bornean Frog Race is being proposed. The 9th International Bornean Frog Race 2021 will be an innovation in terms of its planning and execution, and will include a larger geographical area and potentially, even more participation. This version of the Race will include monthly webinars and a photographic competition that will run for 90 days. The Race pitches the general public as well as researchers in a race to find and photograph the rarest and the most frog species at any locality on Borneo during the announced period, as well as to take outstanding images. The objectives of the Race are to draw public attention to Borneo’s forests, and to the region’s threatened amphibians, educate our citizens about the natural world, and promote the outdoors and tourism.
The 9th International Bornean Frog Race 2021 will commence at the end of August 2021, and, as in previous years, be organised by the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). The organising team comprises a standing committee comprising experts in the fields of amphibian biology, natural history and photography from the host institutions as well as from the world of science, photography and conservation.