The distribution of the fiji frogs, platymantis spp.: New records and ramifications
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The present study reports new records of the distribution of Fiji frogs from extensive geographic sampling on islands where both species were previously reported to persist. Platymantis vitianus is found in populations of varying sizes on six islands (Viwa, Ovalau, Taveuni, Gau, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu). Its congener, P. vitiensis has extant populations on the two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Based on these recent surveys, our findings suggest that the current IUCN Red List status for P. vitiensis needs to be reclassified from 'near threatened' (NT) to 'vulnerable' (VU B1b[i]c[ii]). The discovery of a much wider geographic distribution for P. vitianus in recent surveys than recorded in the latter half of the 20th century is encouraging and reveals the need to re-examine known conservation threats. Recommendations for frog conservation in Fiji, with regard to current land-use practices are discussed.
Pacific Conservation Biology
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