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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
Copyright ゥ Ecology Asia 2020

 
 
     
   
   

 

   
   
 
Green Puddle Frog
   
   

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Family : DICROGLOSSIDAE
Species : Occidozyga lima
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 4.0 cm,  Male 3.9 cm

The Green Puddle Frog has a variety of common names including Rough-skinned Floating Frog and Pointed-tongued Floating Frog. This small frog occurs in shallow forest pools and marshlands.

Its body is thickset, and its head relatively large. Its snout is short, and its eyes bulbous. Its skin colour is light or dark grey or olive brown, with a broad yellowish or greenish, irregular vertebral stripe. Its underside is pale.

The examples shown here were photographed near Phnom Kulen National Park, central Cambodia : hundreds of frogs were calling loudly from flooded, grassy areas on a warm, humid afternoon.

The Green Puddle Frog ranges from Burma and Thailand through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to parts of southern China (Hainan Island).  In Peninsular Malaysia it is recorded from Langkawi Island in the north. Further south it is recorded from the Indonesian island of Java. 


Fig 1 : Adult with broad, bright green vertebral stripe, central Cambodia.

Fig 2 : Male inflating its vocal sac while effortlessly floating in a shallow pool in flooded grassland.


References : H3