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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
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Brackish Frog
   
   

Fig 1
  

Family : DICROGLOSSIDAE
Species : Fejervarya moodiei
Size (snout to vent) :
Females up to 8.2 cm, males up to 6.3 cm

Fejervarya moodiei typically occurs in coastal habitats including mangrove and brackish water bodies (e.g. marshes, fish ponds, shrimp ponds and water-filled ditches) (Yodthong et al, 2019). It has a broad geographic distribution in the north of the Southeast Asia mainland.

This species was formerly subsumed into the Fejervarya cancrivora species complex.

In the field, it is not always easy to distinguish Fejervarya moodiei from the closely related Field Frog Ferjervarya limnocharis. The latter, however, has a shallower head and a snout which is less pointed (when viewed from above). For Fejervarya moodiei the length of the head is slightly greater than its width. It has irregular skin folds, not arranged in series.

The example shown here, from Siem Reap, Cambodia, is identified as Fejervarya moodiei, based on the remarkable similarity with an image of the species on AmphibiaWeb taken by V當lav Gvo枦k on Havelock Island (Andaman Islands, India). It bears large, rounded or coalesced blotches on its back, against an orange-brown background, as well as dark markings on its lips and legs.

Fejervarya moodiei occurs in eastern India (including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Bangladesh, southern China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand (excluding the extreme southeast) and the Philippines (Luzon Island). (Yodthong et al, 2019). The example shown here suggests it also occurs in Cambodia.


Fig 1 : This frog from Siem Reap, Cambodia, photographed in 2010, is identified as Fejervarya moodiei, based on the remarkable similarity with an image of the species on AmphibiaWeb taken by V當lav Gvo枦k on Havelock Island (Andaman Islands, India).

Fig 2 : Habitat of the frog in Figure 1, which comprised lowland gardens, fruit orchards and scrub forest, 100 metres from a small river.


References :

Yodthong S., Stuart B. L. & Aowphol, A.  (2019)  Species delimitation of crab-eating frogs (Fejervarya cancrivora complex) clarifies taxonomy and geographic distributions in mainland Southeast Asia. ZooKeys 883: 119153.

 

Fig 2
  
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