Frog of the Week

Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)

Harlequin Tree Frog
photo by John Sullivan

Common Name: Harlequin Tree Frog and Panther Flying Frog
Scientific Name: Rhacophorus pardalis
Family: Rhacophoridae – Asian Tree Frog family
Location: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand
Size: 1.9 – 2.75 inches (50 – 70 mm)

The Harlequin Tree Frog lives in the primary and secondary rain forests but also peat swamp forests of southeast Asia. As tree frogs, they live high in the trees, making their life style secretive. They are able to move to tree to tree thanks to their highly webbed feet that allows them to “fly” or glide. The female frogs lay their eggs in foam nests that they whip up on vegetation that overhangs a pool of water.

Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
photo by Jason Teo Jia Hong

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assess the Harlequin Tree Frog as Least Concern for Extinction. They have a wide range and are thought to be numerous throughout it. However, clear cutting of forests is a significant threat to the frogs and will lead the frogs down a bad road unless something happens.

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