Polypedates chlorophthalmus

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Polypedates chlorophthalmus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Genus: Polypedates
Species: P. chlorophthalmus
Binomial name
Polypedates chlorophthalmus
Das (fr), 2005[2]

Polypedates chlorophthalmus is a species of frog in the family Rhacophoridae. It is endemic to Borneo where it is only known from its type locality on Mount Murud in Sarawak at 1,351 m (4,432 ft) above sea level.[3][4] The specific name refers to its "remarkable green iris", from the Greek for "green-eyed".[2] Accordingly, the common name green-eyed tree frog has been coined for the species.[4]


This species is only known from the holotype, a gravid female, 62 mm (2.4 in) in snout–vent length.[2][4] The body is elongate. The dorsum is brown, with a thin dark gray line at back of the forehead. The lower flanks and anterior edge of thighs have dark blotches. The throat has dark pigmentation. The tympanum is distinct. The iris is bright green—which is unique among the south-east Asian species of Polypedates. The toes are webbed but fingers lack webbing.[2]

Mount Murud in Borneo
Mount Murud in Borneo
Mount Murud in Sarawak, the type locality of Polypedates chlorophthalmus

Habitat and conservation[edit]

The holotype was collected from vegetation above a granite boulder at the edge of a stream.[2] The type locality, despite its remoteness, was logged a few months after the collection. It is not known whether the species exists elsewhere, but presumably it has a wider distribution.[1]


  1. ^ a b Das, I. (2008). "Polypedates chlorophthalmus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T135783A4200780. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Das, I. (2005). "A new species of Polypedates (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Gunung Murud, Sarawak (northwestern Borneo)" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 53 (2): 265–270. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Polypedates chlorophthalmus Das, 2005". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Haas, A., Das, I., Hertwig, S.T. (2016). "Polypedates chlorophthalmus Green-eyed Tree Frog". Frogs of Borneo. Retrieved 25 July 2016.  (includes a photograph)