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Vermiculate Bush Frog
   
   

Family : RHACOPHORIDAE
Species : Philautus vermiculatus
Size (snout to vent) : up to 35 mm

The Vermiculate Bush frog inhabits hill or montane wet forests in the Malay Peninsula. It is typically found clinging to the narrow stems of forest floor plants or perched on leaves.

Its body shape is rather short and fat, with a large head and moderately large eyes. The tips of the fingers and toes bear round disks.

Its colour varies from orange-brown to greenish with heavy mottling and thin, wavy lines (the term vermiculate means 'marked with irregular fine lines or with wavy impressed lines'). The inner thighs are yellowish-orange mottled with dark blotches, and the belly is also yellowish-orange.

The Vermiculate Bush Frog occurs mainly in Peninsular Malaysia. In Peninsular Malaysia it is known from Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill and Gunung Tahan (which lies within Taman Negara).

The species is also recorded in the extreme south of Thailand (Chan-ard, 2003).


Figs 1 and 2 : Specimen in humid, lower montane forest at Maxwell Hill, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia, at an elevation of 1050 metres.  Photos thanks to Noel Thomas.


References :

Bossuyt, F. and Dubois, A. 2001. A review of the frog genus Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Amphibia, Anura, Ranidae, Rhacophorinae). Zeylanica. Vol 6 : 1, pp 112.

Chan-ard, T.  2003. A Photographic Guide to Amphibians in Thailand. Kriangkrai Suwannapak, Bangkok.

 

Fig 1
  
ゥ  Noel Thomas
Fig 2
 
ゥ  Noel Thomas