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Amphibians of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Giant tree frog

Binomial name: Rhacophorus maximus, Albert Charles Lewis G√ľnther, 1858

Rhacophorus maximus (common names: Nepal flying frog, Günther's tree frog, giant treefrog, and others) is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family found in southwestern China (Yunnan, Tibet), northeastern India, Nepal, western Thailand, and northern Vietnam, and possibly in Bangladesh.

Rhacophorus maximus lives in lowland to submontane moist evergreen forests. It lays eggs in foam nests built above pools and ponds. Outside the breeding season it is arboreal and lives high in the canopy. It is not considered threatened by the IUCN.

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Site notes

Rhacophorus maximus is now synonym of Zhangixalus smaragdinus

Scientific classification

Rhacophorus maximus


  • Rhacophorus gigas, Thomas Caverhill Jerdon (1870)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Rhacophorus maximus

Rhacophorus maximus


Rhacophorus maximus

Rhacophorus maximus


Distribution map of Giant tree frog, Rhacophorus maximus in Thailand

Range map of Rhacophorus maximus in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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