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

 
 
     
   
   

 

   
   
 
Long-legged Horned Frog
   
   
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ゥ  Leong Tzi Ming

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family : MEGOPHRYIDAE
Species : Megophrys longipes
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 6.5 cm, Male 4.7 cm

The Long-legged Horned Frog is a montane specialist usually found in primary forest at elevations of over 900 metres.

Reaching 5 to 6cm in length, the species can be identified by the small horn-like projections above each eye. These are smaller than those in the closely related Malayan Horned Frog Megophrys nasuta.

The dorsal surface is medium brown, and the anterior portion of the top of the head is light brown. In males, the flanks are adorned with dark flecks, and the posterior part of the flanks may be reddish. There is no webbing between the fingers and toes.

Tadpoles of the species have been observed in quiet pools at the margins of mountain streams.

The species occurs in montane areas of southern Vietnam and Cambodia to southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia (e.g. Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill).


Figs 1 and 2 : Example crouched at the edge of a roadside.

Fig 3 : Example climbing on low vegetation. Photo thanks to Leong Tzi Ming.

All photos from Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia.


References : H3