Frog of the Week

Wallace Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus)

Rhacophorus_nigropalmatus
Image from Rushen – https://www.flickr.com/photos/rushen

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Common Name: Wallace Flying Frog
Scientific Name: Rhacophorus nigropalmatus
Family: Rhacophoridae
Location: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand
Size: 3.9 inches (100mm) max

The Wallace’s Flying frog is named after Alfred Russel Wallace, who also described the species. The Wallace’s Flying Frog doesn’t really fly (sorry!), it more glides through the air. It fans out it’s highly webbed hands and floats down from one tree to the next or the ground – even more than 50 feet at a time. They are sometimes called Parachute Frogs which more accurately describes what they do. There are other flying frog species, but the Wallace’s Flying Frog is one of the larger species.

For reproduction, the females form a foam nest to protect the fertilized eggs. The nest is made above a body of water in a tree or bush. When the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water.

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