Rhacophorus harrissoni

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Rhacophorus harrissoni
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Genus: Rhacophorus
Species: R. harrissoni
Binomial name
Rhacophorus harrissoni
Inger & Haile, 1959

Rhacophorus harrissoni, common name Harrisson’s Flying Frog, is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family.[1]

Distribution[edit]

This species can be found in Brunei, Northern Borneo, Indonesia, and Malaysia.[2][3]

Habitat[edit]

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist primary or secondary lowland forests, especially, in flat and hilly terrain below 250 m of elevation. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]

Description[edit]

Rhacophorus harrissoni can reach a length of about 50 millimetres (2.0 in) in males, of about 70 millimetres (2.8 in) in females. These medium sized frogs have an angular and pointed snout and well developed dark hand webbing. They are basically brown.[4]

Tadpoles can reach a length of about 40 millimetres (1.6 in), They have a well developed and rather pointed tail fin, an ovoid body and a short snout. The basic color is dark brown.[4]

Biology[edit]

Rhacophorus harrissoni spends most of its life high up in the forest. Males call for breeding in water-containing holes located in the trunks of trees.[2] Eggs are laid in a foam nest attached to the bark above said tree holes.[4]

These frogs use the skin membranes between their fingers as a kind of parachute to make real flights among the branches of trees of the forest (hence the common name of the species).

Bibliography[edit]

  • Das, I. 2007. Amphibians and Reptiles of Brunei: A Pocket Guide. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia: Natural History Publications (Borneo).
  • Frank, N., and E. Ramus. 1995. Complete Guide to Scientific and Common Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of the World. Pottsville, Pennsylvania: N. G. Publishing Inc.
  • Manthey, U., and W. Grossmann. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Münster: Natur und Tier.
  • Stuart, S. N., M. Hoffmann, J. Chanson, N. Cox, R. Berridge, P. Ramani, and B. Young eds., . 2008. Threatened Amphibians of the World. Barcelona, Spain; International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Gland. Switzerland; Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A.: Lynx Editions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catalogue of life
  2. ^ a b c Inger, R., Iskandar, D., Das, I., Stuebing, R., Lakim, M., Yambun, P. & Mumpuni 2004. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  3. ^ Amphibian Species of the World 6.0, an Online Reference
  4. ^ a b c Frogs of Borneo