Species of Thailand

Red-sided sticky frog

Kalophrynus pleurostigma, Johann Jakob von Tschudi, 1838

(In Thai: อึ่งปุ่มมลายู)

The Black-spotted Sticky Frog (Kalophrynus pleurostigma) is a small frog with a black spot just in front of each of its hind legs. It releases a sticky substance when threatened, thereby making it an unpleasant meal for predators, allowing it to escape from harm.

This species develops in the pitchers of some carnivorous Nepenthes, a habitat that is fast diminishing locally. On a global scale, it is not yet considered threatened by the IUCN.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Microhylidae
Genus
Kalophrynus
Species
Kalophrynus pleurostigma

Common names

  • Thai: อึ่งปุ่มมลายู

Synonyms

  • Kalophrynus stellatus, Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1908)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Kalophrynus pleurostigma

Range Map

Distribution map of Red-sided sticky frog, Kalophrynus pleurostigma in Thailand
  • Khao Sok National Park
Range map of Kalophrynus pleurostigma in Thailand