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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
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Black-eyed Litter Frog
   
   

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Family : MEGOPHRYIDAE
Species : Leptobrachium nigrops
Size (snout to vent) :  Female 5 cm, Male 4.5 cm

Play call

The Black-eyed Litter Frog dwells amongst the leaf litter of primary and mature secondary rainforest.

It can be identified by its irregular, mottled patterning, slender front legs and large, jet-black eyes. Its call is a loud, machine-gun like rattle. When disturbed it will assume a low crouch rather than attempt to flee.

The species breeds in shallow forest streams and the tadpoles are large and black.

The Black-eyed Litter Frog occurs in the southern parts of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.


Fig 1 : Male calling from a perch on low vegetation, in swamp forest habitat, Singapore.

Fig 2 : Upright posture when calling from the forest floor.  MacRitchie area, Singapore.

Fig 3 : Crouching posture adopted after being disturbed.  Bukit Timah area, Singapore.

Fig 4 : Mating pair at the edge of Lower Peirce Reservoir, Singapore.

Fig 5 : The tadpoles are large and dark.


References : H2, H3