Rhacophorus pardalis — Harlequin Flying Frog
Also known as:
Harlequin Treefrog, Panther Flying Frog, Panther Treefrog, Gliding Treefrog
This is a smaller and less dramatic-looking species of "flying frog" than the famous one that I saw on my first night in Malaysia. This is more of a traditional treefrog in appearance; it does have strong webbing on the feet, but not all the extra webbing on the sides and limbs that make Wallace's Flying Frog such a good glider.
Kubah National Park is famous for its frogs, and these pastel beauties are one of the easiest species to find and photograph.
This cute li'l metamorph looked to me like a baby Rhacophorus pardalis, a guess that was later confirmed by frog expert Alexander Haas.
This frog was much bigger than any of the Rhacophorus pardalis that I had previously seen, which made me think it must be a different species. But after some research it seems that this is must be a large adult female and all those much littler ones were hopeful males.
If you ever need to practice your nocturnal frog photography (and who doesn't?), the Frog Pond at Kubah is the place to be, and Harlequin Flying Frogs are the most cooperative subjects.
I tried to restrain myself the following evening, so I could spend more time wandering throughout other microhabitats in the forest. So just one more Rhacophorus pardalis photo from the Frog Pond.
Gunung Mulu National Park did not have such an obvious place for Rhacophorus pardalis to congregate, and in several nights I only saw one or two of them.
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley did have its own Frog Pond, but it was a tiny, sad little affair compared to the one at Kubah. Still, it could be counted on for at least a few Rhacophorus pardalis each night. I think this one is a big adult female.
And this one from the next evening is very young, recently transformed from tadpole stage. I wonder if the random white spots that some of these frogs have mimic bird poop?
- Rhacophorus pardalis account on AmphibiaWeb
- Rhacophorus pardalis account on Ecology Asia
- Rhacophorus pardalis account on Amphibians & Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia
- Wahab, T. B., Das, I., Min, P. Y., Haas, A. 2014. A Photographic Guide to Frogs of Kubah National Park