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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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Range Map

Distribution map of Hong Kong whipping frog, Polypedates megacephalus in Thailand
  • Bangkok Province
  • Cha-Am District, Phetchaburi
  • Chok Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Dan Khun Thot District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kamalasa District, Kalasin
  • Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
  • Khao Khitchakut District, Chanthaburi
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Lam Luk Ka District, Pathum Thani
  • Mueang Bueng Kan District, Bueng Kan
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Kalasin District, Kalasin
  • Mueang Nongbua Lamphu District, Nong Bua Lamphu
  • Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi
  • Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani
  • Nam Som District, Udon Thani
  • Nong Phai District, Phetchabun
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Kradueng District, Loei
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Wiang National Park
  • Prachantakham District, Prachinburi
  • Sai Yok National Park
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi
  • Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi
  • Tha Takiap District, Chachoengsao
  • Tham Pha Tha Phon Non-Hunting Area
  • That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Yang Talat District, Kalasin
Range map of Polypedates megacephalus in Thailand