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Amphibians of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Hong Kong whipping frog

Polypedates megacephalus, Edward Hallowell, 1861

Polypedates megacephalus, the Hong Kong whipping frog or spot-legged tree frog, is a species in the shrub frog family (Rhacophoridae). In its native range, it is also called "brown tree frog", but this name is otherwise applied to a species of the true tree frog family (Hylidae).

Distribution and ecology

This species is native in central, southern and southwestern China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Hainan) and Indo-China peninsula. It is closely related to Polypedates leucomystax and always included in P. leucomystex species complex, along with P. mutus and P. braueri.

Previously, P. megacephalus was thought to distribute above the Red River of Vietnam and in Northeast India, while P. leucomystex was generally found south of the Red River and in western Yunnan. However, recent genetic studies revealed that the natural barriers between these species are the Isthmus of Kra and the Tenasserim Range, where P. megacephalus can be found above the isthmus and east of the range.

This frog is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution in Asia and its tolerance of a broad range of habitats. It also because of its presumed large population.

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Scientific classification

Polypedates megacephalus

Common names

  • English:
    • Hong Kong whipping frog
    • Spot-legged treefrog
    • White-lipped treefrog

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Polypedates megacephalus (mating)

Range Map

Distribution map of Hong Kong whipping frog, Polypedates megacephalus in Thailand
Range map of Polypedates megacephalus in Thailand