Rhacophorus sp.

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Rhacophorus sp.In Pange we found several individuals calling from the ground and shrubs. They were all probably males and were about 50 mm long. After calling in the night from the ponds probably they stayed in the duck pond and hid under the soft mud near the duck pond. We saw tell tale signs of clay sticking on the head and back of amorous males emerged again from their dugouts in the evening in the duck pond in Pange. It was strange to for me to see arboreal frogs emerge from under the soil, there but it was amazing. The feet were almost completely webbed with a webbing score of 22.5 out of 23 in the males. The skin on the head was not co-ossified with the skull, which means it is a species of Rhacophorus. The webbing did not have any colouration, it was just translucent. The feet had a prominent long inner metatarsal tubercle. The feet were cream coloured with grey spotting. There were no dermal appendages on the hind or forelimbs, which was surprising. They had a brown stripe extending along on the ridge of the canthus rostralis, from the anterior end of the eye to the tip of the snout. The supratympanic fold and the tympanum are prominent. The most distinctive character we saw were the green coloration of the iris in the eyes. The flanks and the belly were pale yellow and there were black irregularly shaped blotches extending from the axilla to groin in these frogs. They could be distinctive among individuals. The belly was granular and cream coloured. Inner side of the thighs had black and cream coloured blotches. The snout tip was rounded and certainly not pointed as in R. bipunctatus. The fourth and fifth fingers have green colour on the dorsal surface of the metacarpals. This means that these parts of the fingers will be exposed when the frog perches and it is coloured green to maintain the camouflage. Based on the size and posture of the frogs it is probable that these species rest on trees on leaves or on epiphytes growing on trees and bask during the day. They become active only during the night.