“One of the most curious and interesting reptiles which I met with in Borneo was a large tree-frog, which was brought me by one of the Chinese workmen. He assured me that he had seen it come down, in a slanting direction, from a high tree, as if it flew. On examining it, I found the toes very long and fully webbed to their very extremity, so that when expanded they offered a surface much larger than the body. The fore legs were also bordered by a membrane, and the body was capable of considerable inflation.”
Since Wallace’s time, a number of other species of flying frogs have been discovered. But since this one was the first to be described scientifically, it has a special place in the hearts of frog-lovers everywhere. (Never mind the fact that in the mid-1860's amphibians were not distinguished from reptiles.)
Of all the frogs, lizards, snakes, and caecilians in Malaysia, this was the species I most wanted to see. So naturally my guide Kurt "Orion" G found two of them for me on my first night in the country. Go Kurt!
- Rhacophorus nigropalmatus account on AmphibiaWeb
- Rhacophorus nigropalmatus account on Frogs of Borneo
- Rhacophorus nigropalmatus account on Ecology Asia
- Rhacophorus nigropalmatus account on Amphibians & Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia
- Manthey, U., Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens