Rhacophorus maximus

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Rhacophorus maximusIt is a large rhacophorid with a ranid-like head and snout. The snout is rounded with tapering sides. The space between the nostrils is close to the space between the two eyes. The canthus rostralis is distinct and obtuse. The nostrils are three fourths the distance between the anterior margin of the eye and the snout. The snout gradually tapper down to the tip, ailment just as it does in a typical ranid. The supratympanic fold is distinct and extends into the flank above the shoulder. The ventral and dorsal surfaces of the skin are contrasting in colour. The dorsal surface is dark green and the ventral surface is white. A white line extends from the upper lip right up to the groin delineating the two surfaces on the body. The limbs have dermal ornamentation. The male has nuptial excrescences, just like the ranids. There is a muscle build up on the inner side of the elbow. There is a nuptial pad on the first finger base, which is very distinct. The feet at webbed completely (score – 23 out of 23). The web has pleats of white. The green on the dorsum extends into the fourth and fifth finger, just like it did in the unidentified species of Rhacophorus described earlier. The vomerine teeth (the only set of teeth that frogs have) are prominent with rows aligned horizontally, starting on the inner margin of the internal nares. The webbing between fingers I and II are lesser than between other sets of fingers. This is again a widely distributed species in the northeast. We saw it for the first time in Ziro after Seth echolocated a male calling from a tree by the side of the road. The same night we walked a long way for dinner at Chadha’s friend’s house. On the path we hear several species of frogs calling from the paddy fields.