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

 
 
     
   
   

 

   
   
 
Mountain Litter Frog
   
   

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Family : MEGOPHRYIDAE
Species : Leptobrachium montanum
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 6.5 cm, Male 6.3 cm

In montane areas of Borneo, above 900 metres elevation, lowland litter frogs are replaced by this species, the Mountain Litter Frog, which is more adapted to cooler night-time temperatures. This species can be found around the headquarters of the Mount Kinabalu National Park at around 1500 metres elevation.

The shape of this species is typical of litter frogs i.e. it has a relatively large head, and skinny limbs. The dorsal surface of the head and body  are somewhat lighter in colour than the Lowland Litter Frog Leptobrachium abbotti, but the underside has a similar bluish-grey tinge to the latter species.

In most specimens there is a bluish-white eye-ring encircling the bulging eyes.

This species is endemic to Borneo.


Figs 1 and 2 : Specimen from Mount Kinabalu HQ (at 1500 metres), Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.


References : H19