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After spending 87 years on the “missing” species list, The colorful Bornean Rainbow Toad was finally found again, announced Conservation International. It was seen on the island of Borneo, Malaysia; three were discovered up the high branches of a tree in the Mount Penrissen range during a night time search.
The Bornean rainbow toad – also known as Sambas stream toad and officially called Ansonia latidisca – is a spindly-legged toad with a colorful skin, as its name suggests. It was initially discovered by European explorers in the 1920s (last seen in 1924). Then, for the next 87 years, all mankind had were the explorers’ drawings of the toad.
In 2010, the Conservational International listed the toad as one of the “world’s top 10 most wanted frogs” as a part of its Global Search for Lost Amphibians initiative. This inspired Dr. Indraneil Das of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak to search for the toad and eventually succeed in doing so.
The editorial staff at MadMikesAmerica is pleased that such a colorful creature as the Bornean Rainbow Toad is no longer missing, its camouflage must be really good, we wish some politicians would go missing for 87 years.