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Manthey's Chorus Frog
   
   

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Family : MICROHYLIDAE
Species : Microhyla mantheyi
Size (snout to vent) : Female 2.0 cm, Male 2.0 cm

Play call    Audio file thanks to Law Ingg Thong

This small species of microhylid frog, measures around 2cm in length. It inhabits the forest floor of damp, lowland rainforest, often lying concealed beneath leaf litter but occasionally making itself visible on low vegetation. It is exclusively nocturnal.

As with other chorus frogs (or narrow-mouthed frogs) its body is markedly triangular in shape, and its head small and pointed.

Its upperside is brown or orange-brown with minor dark mottling, particularly on the back of the neck, and there are black spots on the lips. The belly is pale. There is a well-defined black spot near the anus, which is an identifying feature of the species. Beneath the eye is a pale diagonal stripe extending to the front of the forelimbs.

This species occurs in southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.


Figs 1 to 3 : Light orange-brown example from Singapore's central forests, resting on low vegetation above a clear, shallow stream.

Fig 4 : Dark brown example from freshwater swamp forest habitat in Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.


References : H3