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Harlequin Flying Frog
   
   

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Family : RHACOPHORIDAE
Species : Rhacophorus pardalis
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 7.1 cm,  Male 5.5 cm

This attractive frog lives in the canopy of tall, lowland rainforest, only coming to ground to breed in suitable streams and pools. It is a foam nest builder.

This frog is one of a number of  species which has evolved  extensive webbing between its fingers and toes : this allows it to glide from branch to branch, or across breaks in the forest canopy.

The species is easily identified by its yellow flanks which are spotted with black. Its dorsal surface and upperside of its legs are mottled medium brown, sometimes with scattered, irregular white spots. Its underside is pale pink. The webbing between its fingers and toes is red.

Its snout is short and rounded, and its eyes large with a yellowish or orange iris.

The Harlequin Flying Frog occurs in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines.


Fig 1 : Specimen from Johor, Peninsular Malaysia with markedly orange flanks.

Figs 2 to 5 : Four specimens photographed at Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.


References : H3

 

 

 

 






 


 

  

Above : a Harlequin Flying Frog shows off its acrobatic prowess by balancing on and climbing up a slender aerial root.