Family Friday

Rhacophoridae – Asian Tree Frog Family

Suborder: Neobatrachia
Subfamilies: 2 – Buergeriinae and Rhacophorinae
Genera: 18 genera – Nasutixalus (1), Buergeria  (4), Chiromantis (15), Dendrobatorana (1), Feihyla (1), Ghatixalus (3), Gracixalus (11), Kurixalus (14), Liuixalus (8), Mercurana (1), Philautus (53), Polypedates  (24), Pseudophilautus (85), Raorchestes (56), Rhacophorus (91), Taruga (3), Theloderma (28)
Species: 404

Nicknamed the Asian Tree Frog family, the family Rhacophoridae doesn’t just live in Asia, they also live in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the members of the family are arboreal (living in trees) but some are terrestrial (living on the ground).

The genus Buergeria is known as the Buerger’s frogs. They are found in China, Japan, and Taiwan.

The genus Beddomixalus only has one known species, Beddomixalus bijui from India.

The genus Chiromantis is known as the Foam Nest tree frogs but there are other genera named that.

The genus Dendrobatorana has only 1 species in the genus, Dendrobatorana dorsalis.

The genus Feihyla is found in China, Vietnam, and Laos.

The genus Ghatixalus is found in the Western Ghats in India.

The genus Mercurana has only one species –  the Freddie Mercury Frog (Mercurana myristicapalustris). It is found in India.

The genus Nasutixalus has only one species, the Medog Ridged-nose Treefrog (Nasutixalus medogensis). It is found in China.

The genus Nyctixalus is known as the Indonesian tree frogs.

The genus Polypedates is known as the Whipping Frogs.

The genus Rhacophorus is known as the Flying Frogs because they are able to guide from the webbing on their legs.

The genus Taruga is found in Sri Lanka.

The genus Theloderma is known as the Bug-Eyed Frogs or Warty Tree frogs.

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