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Cricket Frog
   
   

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Family : RANIDAE
Species : Hylarana nicobariensis
Size (snout to vent) : at least 5 cm

Play call

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 roadside ditches.

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.


Fig 1 : Specimen found in flooded, silty pool at Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.

Figs 2 and 3 : Specimen found in muddy swamp at Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.


References : H4