Frog of the Week

Asian Rugose Nose Frog (Hoplobatrachus rugulosus)

Asian Rugose Nose Frog
photo by Jesse Change

Common Name: Asian Rugose Nose Frog, Chinese Edible Frog, Rugosed Nose Frog, or Tiger Skinned Frog
Scientific Name: Hoplobatrachus rugulosus
Family: Dicroglossidae – Forked Tongue Frog family
Locations: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam
Introduced Locations: Malaysia and Philippines
Size: 4.9 inches (125 mm)

The Asian Rugose Nose Frog is commonly found in food markets across Asia. It is why they are often referred to as the Chinese Edible Frog. The frog was introduced to Malaysia and the Philippines as a potential food source. The frog mates from April to August.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assess the Asian Rugose Nose Frog as Least Concern for Extinction. They have a wide range and a presumed large population. Some threats to the frog include overharvesting for food, introduced American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana), and pollution.

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