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Microhabitat preference of frogs at Similajau National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia


Saripuddin, Noor Bahiah and Mohd Top @ Mohd Tah, Marina and Muhd Sahimi, Hani Nabilia and Hassan, Mohd Zafri (2019) Microhabitat preference of frogs at Similajau National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, 9 (4). pp. 114-128. ISSN 2250-3153


Tropical heath forest occurs widely in many places of Borneo. Similajau National Park is one of the locations with heath forest. Because of insufficient data on the anurans of heath forest in Similajau National Park, a survey was carried out in the beginning of August 2014 until January 2015. The objectives of the study were to compare the anuran species diversity between two different study plots and to determine anuran species microhabitat preferences. The sampling method involved a 300m transects line and 240 quadrats method (5m x 5m) at both study sites. A total of 23 species of frogs (299 individuals) belonging to six frog families were detected. The study site was dominated by anurans of the family Dicroglossidae (48.8%) followed by Rhacophoridae (24.7%), Ranidae (17.7%), Ceratobatrachidae (4.7%), Microhylidae (1.3%) and Bufonidae (2.7%). Four endemic Borneo frogs, namely Ingerophyrus divergens, Limnonectes ingeri, Kalophrynus intermedius, and Philautus tectus were among anurans captured in this study. The Shannon Wiener Diversity Index, H’ at forest site was higher than the non-forest site (2.48 ± 0.06 vs. 1.77 ± 0.05). There was no dominant species at forest sites, which was reflected by the low Simpson Index, D, 0.091 (±0.01). Conversely, the same index at the non-forest site was higher with 0.201 (±0.04). This is apparent with the presence of Fejervarya cancrivora that made up about 20% of the total frogs sampled in the area. Habitat preferences associated with the recovered species from this are discussed in this paper.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Science
Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.29322/IJSRP.9.04.2019.p8819
Publisher: International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications
Keywords: Diversity; Frog occurrence; Kerangas forest; Non-forest; Similajau National Park
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2021 19:40
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2021 19:40
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