Above : Specimen found in flooded, silty pool at Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Middle and top : Specimen found in muddy swamp at Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
The Cricket Frog or
Nicobar Island Frog inhabits a wide variety of habitats including those
heavily disturbed. It can be found in flooded areas, swamps, puddles and
The body shape is elongate and the legs slender. A dark mask extends through
the eye to the top of the forelimbs, and the lips are creamy-white. A
lateral ridge extends from behind each eye to the base of the hindlimbs. The
species is best identified by its rapid staccato call.
The Cricket Frog is widely
distributed from the Nicobar Islands (India) through southern Thailand and
Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra and Bali, and from Borneo to Palawan
(Philippines). It is absent from Singapore.
Family : RANIDAE
Species : Hylarana nicobariensis
Size (snout to vent) : at least 5 cm
References : H4