Raorchestes beddomii

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Raorchestes beddomii
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Genus: Raorchestes
Species: R. beddomii
Binomial name
Raorchestes beddomii
(Günther, 1876)
Synonyms

Ixalus beddomii Günther, 1876
Philautus beddomii (Günther, 1876)
Pseudophilautus beddomii (Günther, 1876)

Raorchestes beddomii (Beddome's bubble-nest frog or Beddome's bush frog) is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family. It is endemic to southern Western Ghats of southwestern India in Kerala (Athirimala and Munnar) and Tamil Nadu (Kannikatti).[2] Its name honours Colonel Richard Henry Beddome who collected the type specimen.[3]

Description[edit]

Raorchestes beddomii from Günther, 1876

Raorchestes beddomii are small frogs: males grow to a snout-vent length of 16–23 mm (0.63–0.91 in) and females to 23–30 mm (0.91–1.18 in). Their colouration is nearly uniformly green on dorsum, dorsal side of forelimbs, hindlimbs, and loreal and tympanic regions. Their iris is reddish brown. Size and colouration varies between the populations; frogs from Munnar were the larger and had lighter colour.[3]

Habitat[edit]

Raorchestes beddomii are found in moist forest patches as well as in wayside vegetation and tea plantations. Calling males are usually sitting on leaves, some 1.5 metres above the ground.[3] It is not directly threatened, but the known distribution area is small.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Biju, S.D.; Dutta, S.; Vasudevan, K.; Vijayakumar, S.P.; Srinivasulu, C. & Bhupathy, S. (2004). "Raorchestes beddomii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Raorchestes beddomii (Günther, 1876)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Biju, S. D.; Bossuyt, F. (2009). "Systematics and phylogeny of Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Anura, Rhacophoridae) in the Western Ghats of India, with descriptions of 12 new species". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 155 (2): 374–444. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00466.x. 

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