A common yet charming
species of disturbed forests, scrubland, parks & gardens. Its repetitive
monosyllabic call is an instantly recognizable sound in much of rural
Most commonly encountered a few feet from the ground clinging to small
stems, it may also be found in puddles on wet ground.
Its colour varies from
green-grey to a less common ruddy-brown; the four lines on its back may be absent in some populations. Its eggs are laid next to ponds in
a foamy mass glued to overhanging vegetation. Once hatched, the young
tadpoles fall into the water below to start a new life.
This species occurs
throughout the Oriental and Sunda regions, however it is not found in
Sulawesi or east of Bali (i.e. east of the Wallace Line).
Fig 1 : Mating pair,
Singapore. The male is considerably smaller than the female.
Fig 2 : Tadpole, Singapore. Note the white spot on the snout, which
helps to identify the species.
Fig 3 : Adult female in reed bed, Sedili, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Fig 4 : Foam nest on rocky boulder next to shallow pool, Singapore.
Fig 5 : Lightly speckled, dull brown specimen from Phuket, southern Thailand.
Family : RHACOPHORIDAE
Species : Polypedates leucomystax
Size (snout to vent) :
Female 7.5 cm, Male 5.5 cm
References : H2, H3