The Dark-eared or Masked
Tree Frog occurs in lowland rainforest, and can be found adjacent to small
pools and puddles in flooded forest areas.
It can be identified on the basis of the broad, dark stripe extending from
behind the eye and along as much as one-third of the flank. The stripe may
thin posteriorly, or even break into separate patches (see middle photo).
The dorsal skin is mottled
pale to medium brown, and the underside pale. The lips are pale with no
barring. As with other Polypedates species, the hind feet are
extensively webbed, and the fore feet largely unwebbed. It builds foam
The images presented here
were all taken in Panti Forest, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia during the rainy
season (November to March). One huge specimen (bottom photo) was an
estimated 12 cm in length (snout-to-vent).
The species ranges from
Peninsular Malaysia (and possibly southern Thailand) to Sumatra, Borneo and
parts of the southern Philippines. It does not occur in Singapore.
Fig 1 : 7 cm specimen calling from low vegetation, showing the typical
dark ear stripe and unwebbed forefeet. Panti Forest, Johor,
Fig 2 : Large adult of around 12 cm snout-to-vent length, clinging to tree trunk
around 3 to 4 metres above ground. Note the extensive webbing of the
hind feet. Panti Forest, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Fig 3 : Specimen from Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Fig 4 : Small adult from Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Family : RHACOPHORIDAE
Species : Polypedates macrotis
Size (snout to vent) :
Up to 12 cm ?
References : H4