Rhacophorus corticalis Boulenger, 1903
Theloderma corticale (common names: mossy frog, Vietnamese mossy frog, and Tonkin bug-eyed frog) is a species of frog in the family Rhacophoridae. It is found in northern Vietnam and possibly in China and adjacent Laos.
The common name "mossy frog" arises from the fact that its skin is a mottled green and brown that resembles moss growing on rock, and forms an effective form of camouflage. They have large sticky pads on their toes and a soft underbelly. The females will grow larger than the males and can reach sizes of 8–9 cm (3.1–3.5 in). This species will curl into a ball when frightened, and play dead.
Habitat and conservation
Its habitat is threatened by forest loss. It is also collected for international pet trade. Like many amphibians, the Vietnamese mossy frog is vulnerable to the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
Theloderma corticale is insectivorous.
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