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Malayan Giant Frog
   
   

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Family : DICROGLOSSIDAE
Species : Limnonectes blythii
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 26 cm, Male 12.5 cm

This is a highly variable species, the female of which can reach the formidable size of 26 cm (snout-to-vent). It is mainly a forest frog, but at night it can be found in puddles or wet grass in forest clearings. It feeds on invertebrates such as worms, insects, crabs and other frogs. It is even known to take small snakes. Its colour can vary from brownish to reddish; some variants have a broad, orange ventral stripe.

Its range is somewhat unclear, as a result of uncertain classification, however it is easily found in Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and the central forests of Singapore.   


Fig 1 : Large adult, Bukit Timah, Singapore.

Fig 2 : Medium-sized specimen, Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia

Fig 3 : Small specimen with vertebral stripe, Panti Forest, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia

Fig 4 : Large adult, Western Catchment, Singapore.

Fig 5 : Medium-sized specimen with vertebral stripe, Panti Forest, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.  Note the mosquitoes on its back.


References : H2, H3, H4