Image: Appleby's Asian Leaf Litter Toad Leptolalax applebyi
Appleby's Asian Leaf Litter Toad, Leptolalax applebyi, is a new species of frog from central Vietnam named after Robert Appleby, a generous supporter of biodiversity conservation and scientific capacity building in Asia. Discovered by Dr Jodi Rowley and her Vietnamese colleague Cao Tien Trung, this tiny two-centimetre frog spends most of its time hiding under leaf litter, and was only discovered after hours searching the forest floor for a faint cricket-like calling heard intermittently in a small patch of forest.
Rowley, J.J. L. & T. T. Cao. 2009. A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from central Vietnam. Zootaxa.2198: 51–60.
- Jodi J. L. Rowley
- © Jodi J. L. Rowley/Australian Museum
- Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Check out the video story on the Wall Street Journal about the discovery of Appleby's Asian Toad by Jodi.