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Beautiful Pygmy Frog
   
   

Family : MICROHYLIDAE
Species : Microhyla pulchra
Size (snout to vent) : up to 2.9 cm

The Beautiful Pygmy Frog, or Marbled Narrow-mouth Frog, occurs widely in Indochina and beyond. It is adaptable to a broad range of habitats including disturbed agricultural areas,  grassland and forest edge, from lowlands up to 1100 metres elevation.

As is typical with many small microhylid frogs, this species is hard to locate unless there is a breeding accumulation of frogs at a temporary or seasonal pool.

Its triangular body shape and relatively large hind legs are typical of frogs of the Microhlya genus. Its patterning typically comprises a broad, cream or light brown stripe on each flank which joins across the nape. The upperside of the snout is creamy white, and this extends back to the eyes.

The range of this species includes much of Thailand (excluding the southern peninsula), Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and parts of central and southern China.


Fig 1 : Adult specimen found amongst tall grass at the margin of a small, forest edge pond at Kaeng Krachan National Park,  Phetchaburi Province, Thailand.   Photo thanks to Charles Currin.
 

References : H20

IUCN

 

Fig 1
  
ゥ  Charles Currin