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Romer’s Tree Frog

Romer’s Tree Frog Liuixalus romeri (Smith, 1953)
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
IUCN Red List: Endangered
Protected by the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Cap. 170)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Species

This frog is endemic to Hong Kong and likely to be the most well-known native species. It has a long conservation history by local standards. The species was first recorded from Lamma Island and is mainly found on Lamma and Lantau Islands. The largest population was found on Chek Lap Kok, which was under imminent threat from the development of the new International Airport in the mid-1990s. This even triggered a series of conservation actions, including the translocation of frogs to other suitable habitats.

Conservation Actions

The rescued frogs were moved to several locations in Hong Kong Island and the New Territories, including KFBG. As we continue to monitor the relocated population, in 2012 a new conservation area in KFBG has been developed, into which a new population of frogs has been translocated. If successful, this action will further secure the status of the species in Hong Kong.