HomeLPU-Laguna Journal of Arts and Sciencesvol. 4 no. 2 (2022)

Species of Frogs Used in Academic Research in the Philippines and their Conservation Status

Andrea Abarsoza | Roseann Marey Espino | Justine Librojo | Enrico C. Garcia

Discipline: Education



Frogs are amphibians with notable webbed dorsal feet that allow them to swim and jump. Frogs are commonly used in academic settings, such as biology lectures. Recognizing the species of frogs, their conservation status, and the ethical standards used in research in the Philippines can help educate people about the frogs that live in the country, their existence, and appropriate frog handling. The study's goal is to learn about the specific species of frog used in research in the Philippines, its conservation status, and whether ethical standards were followed during the investigation. Descriptive, bibliographic approach was utilized in the study's research design. This study's data came from published studies, articles, and books, among other source materials. In the 15 academic studies mentioned, a total of 59 species have been identified. The most employed species of frog in academic research is the common tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax). Platymantis corrugatus (horned forest frog) was identified and used nearly six times in the fifteen scholarly studies discovered. The conservation status of 42 of the frog species used and identified is mostly Least Concern. Meanwhile, three Platymantis species have been designated as Endangered. With 23 species, most frog species were last assessed in 2018. Several species were also assessed in 2008, with one species and seven species in 2004. The conservation status and year assessed for one frog species are not obtainable because it is a recently found species. In terms of ethical standards, fourteen of the fifteen studies abided by ethical standards in the safe handling of frogs, with one study not stating due to lack of information.