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An excerpt from The Philippine Rainforest Website, (http://www.fieldmuseum.org/vanishing_treasures/foreword.htm)

"The number of plant and animal species in the Philippine rain forest is incompletely known. There are an estimated 13,500 plant species, of which about 8,000 are flowering plants; about 3,200 are endemic. Philippine land vertebrate species number about a thousand: approximately 80 amphibians, some 240 reptiles, 556 birds (resident and migratory), and 174 mammals. These numbers will certainly be revised upwards as new species are still being discovered. In fact, we have described eight new species of forest frogs in a space of five years and Dr. Lawrence Heaney and his colleagues have reported 16 new mammal species during the last ten years. It is the exceptionally high level of endemism that is now attracting international attention. Seventy-five percent of the amphibians, 70 percent of reptiles, 44 percent of birds, and 64 percent of mammals are found nowhere else in the world. Dr. Heaney believes that Philippine mammals have the highest percentage of species endemism in the world on a hectare-for-hectare basis, and this could be true for other groups as well." foreword by Angel C. Alcala

Frog resting on a rubber tree branch, the light condition wasn't so good at all because of the thick foliage and thick clouds. I had a minute window to take this shot before the afternoon sunlight was blocke dby the clouds again. Maybe a Platymensis sp. The actual size of the prince is approximately its size on the photo taken 50 to 60 cm away from him while hiding behind thick aerial roots of the balete tree.

I wonder what the perspective is right now with the rate of deforestation and the present economic boom in the Asian region...

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Additional Photos by Alex Magallona (maglex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 475 W: 86 N: 264] (1980)
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