Species of Thailand

Malaysian tree-hole frog

Metaphrynella pollicaris, George Albert Boulenger, 1890

Metaphrynella pollicaris (common name: Malaysian treefrog or Malaysian tree-hole frog) is a species of frog in the family Microhylidae. It is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia.

Description

Males measure 24 - 41 mm and females 27 - 28 mm in snout–vent length. Dorsum is dark olive-brown above, with a variable patterning. Tympanum is hidden. Finger tips are expanded into large disks.

Habitat and conservation

The species' natural habitats are evergreen rainforest and forest edges. It lives in hollows in tree trunks and bamboo, where it also reproduces. While it is secretive, the male call is distinctive and makes it surveyable. Based on the calls, it is abundant where it occurs. It abundance seems to be limited by the availability of tree holes. It can occur as low as 550 m asl, but is more common from about 900 m upwards.

It could be locally threatened by habitat loss, although it may benefit from habitat clearing that encourages the growth of giant bamboos, providing it with its microhabitat. It is known from several protected areas.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Microhylidae
Genus
Metaphrynella
Species
Metaphrynella pollicaris

Common names

  • English:
    • Malaysian tree-hole frog
    • Malaysian treefrog

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

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Range Map

Distribution map of Malaysian tree-hole frog, Metaphrynella pollicaris in Thailand
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Metaphrynella pollicaris in Thailand