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Oreophryne species 4

 
 
Family : MICROHYLIDAE
Species size (snout to vent) :  At least 35 mm (based on these specimens)

 

 

 

A larger frog, with orange patches on its dorsum : probably female.
 

A smaller, plain-coloured frog : probably male
 

The two males emerge from the treehole to join the female.
 

The treehole is a tight squeeze for the returning female.
 


Sighting Details :

Date :
May 2007

Location :

Western Province, PNG

Elevation :
980 metres

Habitat :
Living inside sapling, near to primary forest.

Size (snout-to-vent) :
Female 35 mm, male 27 mm.

Call :
Not heard

Sighting Notes :
These three frogs were found living inside a sapling which had been cut from the forest and used as a handrail. The larger frog, measuring 35 mm snout-to-vent, is assumed to be a female : it bears orange patches on its dorsum. The other two are smaller at 27 mm, and are assumed to be male. By day, the frogs remain hidden in their treehole, but by night would emerge and explore along the length of the handrail, never appearing to venture any further than a metre or so from their home.


References : H7, H8, H9