Romer's Tree Frog

Lamma island marina bid is thrown out

A bold development plan in an ecologically sensitive part of Lamma Island was rejected yesterday by town planners, who feared its approval would set an undesirable precedent.

Saturday, 17 December, 2011, 12:00am

Greens and islanders fight HK$10b plan for marina

More than 200 Lamma Island residents and environmentalists staged a protest yesterday against developers who want to build luxury flats and a marina on a 26-hectare site.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The whole green world at the click of a mouse

Learn about the importance of planktons to the planet and get to know Romer's tree frogs on Lantau that can't climb trees. All that and more is on the WWF Kids interactive website, which was launched earlier this month.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

An amphibian that should be treasured

Quick Facts

Common name: Romer's tree frog

Scientific name: Philautus romeri

Native home: wooded areas on Lantau, Lamma, Chek Lap Kok and Po Toi

Estimated numbers: extinct in 1953 now thriving in certain areas but still considered endangered.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Tiny island-hopper with big dreams

It is still a scientific mystery why the Romer's tree frog initially could be found on four islands in Hong Kong - Lamma, Lantau, Po Toi and Chek Lap Kok - but nowhere else in the world.

Discovered by ecologist John Romer in 1952 in an abandoned cave on Lamma Island, the frog has long been feared to be on the verge of extinction.

9 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Extinction threat to frog

ROMER's Tree Frog can be found in Hong Kong and nowhere else. It is the smallest frog in Hong Kong (two centimetres in length from snout to vent), and was first discovered on Lamma Island by the late J. D. Romer, and so it was named after him.

13 Feb 1995 - 12:00am