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Masked Rough-sided Frog
   
   

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Family : RANIDAE
Species : Pulchrana laterimaculata
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 7 cm,  Male 5 cm ?

Play call

The Masked Rough-sided Frog lives in the leaf litter of lowland primary forest, but can more easily be found at the forest edge, or in ponds and puddles. Nocturnal in habits, it can be located by its call - a distinctive 'yip-yip-yip'.

It has a distinctive black mask behind the eye, which includes the tympanum, and a thin line of white spots on each side of the body. Dorsal colour can vary from medium reddish-brown to very dark brown, and the underside is creamy coloured.

A recent discovery of the tadpoles in Singapore confirmed them as translucent/reddish with an elongate body and long narrow tail.

The species ranges from Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to the island of Borneo. Populations of this species in Singapore were previously assigned as R. baramica, however this error has been corrected in Singapore species lists since 2004.


Fig 1 : Typically the species occurs amongst forest-floor leaf litter.

Fig 2 : Specimen from Chestnut Forest, Singapore.

Fig 3 : Photographed in Singapore's central forests.

Fig 4 : The unusual-looking tadpole is reddish and elongate, with a long tail.


References : H3