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Species Rhacophorus Reinwardtii
..............................The Tree Frog of Chevron Geothermal Concession, Mount HalimunSalak National Park Indonesia (PDF)
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Rhacophorus is a genus of frogs in the shrub frog family (Rhacophoridae) which together with the related Hylidae makes up the true tree frogs. They live in India, Japan, Madagascar, Africa, and Southeast Asia. "Amphibian Species of the World" lists 81 species.
These frogs have long toes with strong webbing between them, enabling the animals to slow their fall to a glide, a form of arboreal locomotion known as parachuting. They are therefore among the anurans commonly known as - flying frogs -.
Rhacophorus reinwardtii is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family. It is variously known under the common names of black-webbed tree frog, green flying frog, or Reinwardt's tree frog. It is found in China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and possibly Brunei and Myanmar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. It is not considered threatened by the IUCN.
The females grow to be larger than the males, to a length of 8.9 cm. They can be either light green or dark green colors and they have black spots around their backs and heads. Males can have more colors on the sides of their abdomens, such as orange, green, purple, black, and yellow. Their eyes can be light green, light yellow or light grey. They have horizontal pupils.
Habitat and Ecology:
It has been recorded from primary and secondary evergreen rainforest. It has also been observed in forest edge near villages. It is a canopy species that makes foam nests above pools and ponds inside forests. Adults probably spend most of the time in the upper forest strata. It has been seen in Bogor Botanic Garden on Java. It is an explosive breeder that apparently descends from the canopy only occasionally to congregate at breeding pools, attracting about a dozen animals, suggesting that it might be abundant locally.
The main threat is the loss of its rainforest habitat and potentially water pollution. Removal of mature lowland forest through logging, agricultural expansion and human settlements has probably reduced the available habitat significantly for this species