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Crab-eating Frog
   
   

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Family : DICROGLOSSIDAE
Species : Fejervarya cancrivora
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 8 cm, Male 7 cm

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The Crab-eating Frog occurs in a range of habitats including coastal scrub, marshes, disturbed forests and mangroves where it can tolerate brackish water. This species, along with the Malayan Giant Frog Limnonectes blythii, is favoured for its eating quality and is sometimes farmed for its edible legs.

The patterning on its dorsal surface is an aid to identification, as well as the extensive webbing on its hind feet. Some specimens may possess a vertebral stripe.

This species occurs in southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali. Introduced populations are present in Papua New Guinea and on the island of Guam (Yodthong et al, 2019). The species also occurs on the island of Flores, in eastern Indonesia.


Fig 1 : Specimen from Potowangka, western Flores, Indonesia in area of disturbed secondary habitat.

Fig 2 : Specimen in mangrove habitat at Pulau Ubin, Singapore.

Fig 3 : Specimen found close to beach habitat, Pulau Sugi, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia.

Fig 4 : Large adult specimen in brackish water at Pulau Sugi, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia.


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.