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Harlequin Tree Frog

Rhacophorus pardalis

Description:

Small to medium in size, with males reaching 39-55 mm and females 55-71 mm. Snout is rounded. Fingers III, IV, V are fully webbed and bear expanded discs. The outer edge of the hand and forearm have a wide flap of skin. Toes are fully webbed. The heel has a rounded flap of skin. Dorsum is smooth, venter is coarsely granular (Inger and Stuebing 2005). Males have nuptial pads (Harvey et al. 2002). Dorsum is tan to reddish brown, often with an X-shaped darker marking on the back. Several white spots are often present, with some individuals having yellow or blue spots on the dorsal surfaces. Flanks are yellowish with black spots. Venter is yellowish with orange reticulation. Webbing is orange-red (Inger and Stuebing 2005). The tadpole has an oval, deep body, with total length reaching up to 45 mm. The tail has a narrow tip. Body is pale light brown. Black spots may be present on the body, or just a single spot on the side of the head. Spotting pattern can resemble that of Rana chalconota, but R. pardalis tadpoles lack white glandular patches on the venter (Inger and Stuebing 2005).

Habitat:

Swampy areas in Tropical forest

Notes:

This Frog is among up to 30 different species of Frogs that can be found in a small area inside Kubah National Park, fondly called, the Frog Pond. The Pond is not man-made but rather trampling from wild pigs over hundreds of years. A visit to Kubah National Park is not complete without a night walk to The Frog Pond at dusk/night where you will hear amazing sounds, and a recording of this sounds was entered into a competition, which won The Most Beautiful Sound in the World earlier this year! Follow this link to hear to the sound : http://wildambience.com/dusk-by-the-frog...

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9 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Bhagya and @Kranti :)

Kranti Dhiman
Kranti Dhiman 6 years ago

Cute series !!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

so lovely....

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @venusflytrap2000 :)

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 6 years ago

Superb!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Ashley for the nomination :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @DrNamgyal.
Being Tree Frogs, they also use the webbings in their legs to help them glide from higher up of trees.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Cute! I liked the web!

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 6, 2015
Submitted on Jul 31, 2015

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