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Green Paddy Frog

29 Mar

Hylarana erythraea

Green Paddy Frog Hylarana erythraea

Green Paddy Frog found near canal at night in Chatuchak

Green Paddy Frog Hylarana erythraea

Another Green Paddy Frog found near canal at night in Chatuchak

Common Green Frog Rana erythraea

Green Paddy Frog found in leaf litter in Bang Kapi

Common Greenback Frog Rana erythraea

Top view of Green Paddy Frog

Common Green Frog Hylarana erythraea

Green Paddy Frog found in flooded field at night in Prawet

Green Paddy Frog Hylarana erythraea

Green Paddy Frog found near fish ponds at night in Phayao Province

Common Greenback Frog Hylarana erythraea

Juvenile Green Paddy Frog found in flooded lot at night in Bang Kapi

Hylarana erythraea Phuket Mourits Horst Lovholt 7

Green Paddy Frog found in Phuket (photo courtesy of Mourits Horst Løvholt)

Hylarana erythraea Phuket Mourits Horst Lovholt 5

Green Paddy Frogs mating in Phuket (photo courtesy of Mourits Horst Løvholt)

Hylarana erythraea eggs Phuket Mourits Horst Lovholt

Green Paddy Frog eggs in Phuket (photo courtesy of Mourits Horst Løvholt)

English name: Green Paddy Frog (aka “Common Green Frog”, “Common Greenback”)
Scientific name: Hylarana erythraea, (formerly known as Rana erythraea)
Thai name: Kob bua, Kiat chik

Description: To 8cm long. A medium-sized frog with smooth skin. Body is green, brown, or both, with a narrow cream-to-yellow stripe extending from behind each eye to the rear legs and a white stripe lower down along the sides. Upper stripe can sometimes have black edges. Head is long and narrow. Legs are especially long, with long half-webbed toes. Underside is white.

Tadpoles are up to 5cm long. They have oval bodies and deep tails that taper to a tip. Their bodies and tails are green or brown with dark speckling, and the tails sometimes have a cream stripe.

Call: Squeaky warbles or “pips”.

Similar Species: Three-striped Grass Frog is similar, but is more slender and has a stripe down the middle of the back.
Asian Grass Frog has ridges on the skin, lacks stripes on the sides, and often has a stripe down the middle of the back.

Habitat: Lives in and near lakes, rivers, marshes, and especially disturbed habitats such as city ponds, irrigation ditches, and rice paddies. Usually found within a few jumps of the water.

Contribution to the ecosystem: Helps control the populations of insects and millipedes. Provides food for birds, snakes, monitors, and fish.

Danger to humans: No danger to humans.

Conservation status and threats: The IUCN Red List lists the Green Paddy Frog as “Least Concern” due to its ability to tolerate a range of habitats and it large populations. Some populations have been affected by chemical polution. The Green Paddy Frog has been introduced to Indonesia and the Philippines.

Interesting facts: The Green Paddy Frog is the best jumper among Bangkok frogs. It is wary of humans, and when disturbed on land will often take several jumps of a meter or more in order to seek refuge under vegetation or in the water.

References:
The IUCN Red List: Hylarana erythraea
Forest Department Sarawak: Green Paddy Frog
Frogs of Borneo: Green Paddy Frog
Ecology Asia: Common Greenback
Thailand Office of Environmental Planning and Policy: A Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Thailand
A Field Guide to the Amphibians of Cambodia
Travellers’ Wildlife Guides: Thailand

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Frogs, True Frogs

 

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