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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
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Masked Swamp Frog
   
   

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Family : DICROGLOSSIDAE
Species : Limnonectes paramacrodon
Size (snout to vent) :  Female 7.3 cm, Male 6.6 cm

The Masked Swamp Frog is a species of acidic, freshwater swamp forests - in such habitat the species is difficult to locate.

A medium-sized frog, L. paramacrodon is distinguished by the black mask running through the eye, and the triangular shape of the black marking covering the tympanum (ear drum) and adjacent skin. A subtle, but useful, identifying feature appears to be the presence of a narrow pale line extending from one eye to the other, across the back of the head.

The dorsal surface is brown, and coarsely textured. The rear area of the flank and thigh is often yellowish.

The species ranges from Southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Borneo (including Bangka) and Sumatra.   


Figs 1 to 3 : Three examples from freshwater swamp forest in Singapore : note the muddy substrate preferred by this species.

Fig 4 : Example from Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.


References : H2