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WONDERFUL COLOURS OF VIETNAMESE TREE FROGS

Phung My Trung - Admin Vietnam forest creatures, Nguyễn Quảng Trường - Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology - no 18 Hoang Quoc Viet St., Hanoi, VIETNAM. Nguyễn thị Liên Thương - University of Ulsan.San 29, Muger 2-dong, Nam-gu, Ulsan 680-749, South-Korea. Nguyễn Thiên Tạo - Vietnam National Museum of Nature - Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

 

Tree frog genus is the most beautiful amphibians in Vietnam. Sixteen species of tree frogs have been discovered in the country at different heights, from 100 to 3000 m above sea level. Tree frogs live in primary forests only and they need to be protected. Vietnam forest creatures website introduces the beauty of some tree frog species
1/ Living at the height of 3000m above sea level, the whipping frog species named Dugrite'si whipping frog Rhacophorus dugriteilays its eggs in early April to avoid the cold winter season in Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina. This is the tree frog species living at the highest height in Southeast Asia.

 

 

 
Dugrite'si whipping frog Rhacophorus duboisi - Picture: Phung My Trung
 

 

2/ Living at the height of 2400-2500m is Rhacophorus hoanglienensis species. This species was discovered in 2001 by Vietnamese and Russian scientists in the Hoang Lien National Park. It is very difficult to take pictures and collect speciment of this species in nature, even for amphibian researchers.

 

 

 
Hoang lien tree frog Rhacophorus hoanglienensis - Picture: Nguyen thien Tao
 


3/ Chuyangsin flying frog Rhacophorus calcaneus was discovered in 2008 at the height of 2200m in Chu Yang Sin National Park. This flying frog is very beautiful with its skin and eyes combine yellow, dark brown, red, black and green

 

 

 
Chuyangsin flying frog Rhacophorus calcaneus - Picture: Phung My Trung
 


4/ Shiny green skin with black spots, a white belly and toe-pads on their feet help them to nocturnal and mate, Rhacophorus dennysi is among the best climbers and long jumpers of amphibians in Vietnam

 

 

 
Dennys' whipping frog Rhacophorus dennysi - Picture: Phung My Trung
 


5/ Vietnam flying frog Rhacophorus robertingeri is the smallest tree frog species in Vietnam. They like dense forests with many streams in Konkakinh, Chuyangsin. Tam Dao, Bach Ma national parks in Vietnam

 

 

 
Vietnam flying frog Rhacophorus robertingeri - Picture: Phung My Trung
 


6/ Kio flying frog Rhacophorus kio often lives in places where there are waterfalls and high humidity. Sometimes they are seen in secondary forests in Vietnam

 

 

 
Kio flying frog Rhacophorus kio - Picture: Phung My Trung
 


7/ With blazing red stomachs that look like ripening fruits in the forest and silver white backs, Red webbed tree frog Rhacophorus rhodopus is very special.

 

 

 
Red webbed tree frog Rhacophorus rhodopus - Picture: Pham the Cuong
 


8/ Annam flying frog Rhacophorus annamensis experiences great changes of appearance during their growth process. Amphibian experts who don’t research this species may be surprised about its changes

 

 

 
Annam flying frog Rhacophorus annamensis - Picture: Phung My Trung
 

 

9/ Even enemies of Brown folder tree frog Rhacohorus feae cannot recognise them if they are standing on a fresh tree branch because its colour is similar to leaves and branches in forest.

 

 

 
Brown folder tree frog Rhacohorus feae - Picture: Nguyen quang Truong
 


10/ German amphibian experts Ziegler and Kohler discovered Orlov's tree frog Rhacophorus olovi species in the central province of Ha Tinh. This is an endemic species in Vietnam

 

 

 
Orlov's tree frog Rhacophorus olovi - Picture: Pham the Cuong
 


11/ It is possible that this is the Spinny bottom tree frog Rhacophorus exchopygus that lives at the lowest height in Vietnam. In 1999, Russian and German scientists found them in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, at the height of 900m above sea level. In 2000, they were discovered in the Vinh Cuu Nature Reserve in the southern province of Dong Nai

 

 

 
Spinny bottom tree frog Rhacophorus exchopygus - Picture: Phung My Trung
 

 

12/ Living on the Yen Tu range of mounts in Quang Ninh province, Giant tree frog Rhacophorus maximus can stand firmly on bamboo, cane brakes and other trees on stream banks to seek food

 

 

 
Giant tree frog Rhacophorus maximus - Picture: Pham the Cuong
 

13/ New species just found in Bidoup - Nui Ba national park in the sout of Vietnam

 

 

 
Vampire flying frog Rhacophorus vampyrus -Picture: Pham the Cuong
 

 

 

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