E. schwartzi ©  S. Zaluski

British Virgin Islands Amphibian Scoping Project

British Virgin Islands

Jost Van Dyke is a 3.5 square mile island located in the British Virgin Islands. It is home to (5) documented native frog species, including two endangered species, Eleutherodactylus schwartzi and Eleutherodactylus lentus. The Virgin Islands Coqui Frog (Eleutherodacylus schwartzi) is a little known species, found only in the British Virgin Islands, and is believed to be extirpated from the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands.

In June, the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society, a locally based not-for-profit organisation will carry out frog surveys in key biodiversity areas on Jost Van Dyke with the support of Dr. Renata Platenberg. Dr. Platenberg is a herpetologist who is currently a Natural Resources professor at the University of the Virgin Islands. Dr. Platenberg will provide in-field training to help build JVDPS staff skills to carry out future frog surveys in the BVI independently. Long a key part of the JVDPS mission, land conservation via easements and acquisition is now showing progress in discussions with several land holders and funding sources. Frog surveys will help priotize lands for conservation.

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British Virgin Islands

Target Species
Eleutherodactylus schwartzi (Endangered)
Eletuherodactylus lentus (Endangered)
Eleutherodactylus antillensis
Elethuerodactylus cochranae
Leptodactylus albilabris

Team Members
Susan Zaluski
Dr. Renata Platenberg, University of the Virgin Islands

Partner Organizations
British Virgin Island’s Conservation & Fisheries Department

Funding Needs
If you would like to further support this project or invest in the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Seed Grant program please contact Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx, Director of Communications and Partnerships.

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