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Painted Chorus Frog
   
   

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Family : MICROHYLIDAE
Species : Microhyla butleri
Size (snout to vent) : Female 2.5 cm, Male 2.0 cm

Play call

A tiny species reaching a maximum size of just 2.5 cm, the Painted Chorus Frog is more often seen than heard.

It inhabits leaf litter and grassy areas in secondary forest, rural areas, parks and gardens.

It is largely terrestrial, but can sometimes be found clinging to walls, tree trunks or low vegetation in the manner of a tree frog. It can be identified by the distinctive 'hourglass' patterning on the back. Its call is a soft, scratchy 'eh-eh'.

The species ranges from Burma, Thailand and parts of Indo-China down through Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore.


Fig 1 : Pale coloured mating pair in Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 2 : Tadpoles at Dairy Farm, Singapore.

Fig 3 : Tadpole with typical red tail, Singapore.

Fig 4 : Male calling in grassland habitat, Sedili Besar, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.


References : H2, H3