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What

Butler's Ricefrog Microhyla butleri

Observer

kogia

Date

July 27, 2011 09:19 PM HKT

Description

Tiny and usually very well hidden, thankfully they call frequently and loudly, otherwise we'd never find them. So far we've found them in marshy areas and vegetation next to small and large ponds that are also being used by much larger species (eg. Hylarana guentheri).

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What

Mountain Slug Snake Pareas margaritophorus

Observer

kogia

Date

July 1, 2011 10:26 PM HKT

Description

Found along a forest road.

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What

Chinese Mountain Keelback Opisthotropis kuatunensis

Observer

kogia

Date

July 12, 2011 10:07 PM HKT

Description

Found at night in a very small mountain forest stream.

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What

White-lipped Pitviper Trimeresurus albolabris

Observer

kogia

Date

July 9, 2011 08:32 PM HKT

Description

So far this is the most common snake we have found whilst out at night. We've seen them next to forest trails, in gardens, inside storm drains, on walls, next to road curbs and climbing trees and shrubs.

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What

Chinese Ateuchosaurus Ateuchosaurus chinensis

Observer

kogia

Date

July 23, 2011 06:40 PM HKT

Description

Luckily we spotted this small juvenile hiding under our car wheels before we drove off, I managed to collect it and put it in a safer hiding spot in the nearby trees.

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What

Indian Forest Skink Sphenomorphus indicus

Observer

kogia

Date

July 25, 2011 06:49 PM HKT

Description

We found a number of juveniles by the forest trail on this walk.

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Reeves’ Smooth Gecko Scincella reevesii

Observer

kogia

Date

July 26, 2011 06:20 PM HKT

Description

We found several basking on the road.

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What

Dhaman Ptyas mucosa

Observer

kogia

Date

July 31, 2011 11:43 AM HKT

Description

Not great shots, but it was interesting watching it slowly hunt through the strange pile of fibreglass fruit that was left in our garden.

Eventually it emerged with a very large Asian common toad in it's mouth, hissing and flicking its tail in a very agitated way, we backed away to not disturb it further.

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What

Shanghai Elegant Skink Plestiodon elegans

Observer

kogia

Date

July 24, 2011 12:01 PM HKT

Description

Disturbed amongst leaf litter in our garden.

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Many-banded Krait Bungarus multicinctus

Observer

kogia

Date

July 17, 2011 11:18 PM HKT

Description

This snake was extensively hunting up and down through this small channel and into the adjacent ponds, but totally ignored this Asian common toad.

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What

Alpine Cricket Frog Fejervarya limnocharis

Observer

kogia

Date

July 14, 2011 10:32 PM HKT

Description

Another fairly common Hong Kong species. We've found them in a wide variety of habitats throughout the SAR, in cultivated fields, mountain marshes and even brackish mangrove areas.

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Observer

kogia

Date

July 10, 2011 07:57 PM HKT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Often sympatric with Amolops hongkongensis & Odorrana chloronota, we've only ever found them in or next to mountain streams. These are one of the more common frogs we have observed.

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What

Fujian large-headed frog Limnonectes fujianensis

Observer

kogia

Date

July 20, 2011 09:05 PM HKT

Description

We've not found these in many places at all, in fact they eluded our extensive searches for a long time. So far we've found them to be very localised and only in a few shallow, gravel bottomed hill streams.

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Observer

kogia

Date

July 25, 2011 08:12 PM HKT

Description

We've been carefully measuring suctions disk to finger ratios of all the Amolops that we find, so if this article is correct; www0.hku.hk/ecology/porcupine/por32/32-vert-3-frog.htm
then this would be a new recording outside of Lantau for this species in the Hong Kong territory.

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What

Beautiful Pygmy Frog Microhyla pulchra

Observer

kogia

Date

July 25, 2011 07:43 PM HKT

Description

We've heard these more often than we've actually managed to see them. They seem to call from very marshy areas with dense plant growth. The ones we've managed to photograph have been on paths at reasonable distances from water, high up in mountains and right down to sea level.

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What

Taipei frog Hylarana taipehensis

Observer

kogia

Date

July 25, 2011 08:32 PM HKT

Description

Seems to call very infrequently and so far we've only seen or heard them in this one place. Was hidden in dense undergrowth in a marsh.

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Observer

kogia

Date

July 17, 2011 10:52 PM HKT

Description

We've not heard or seen these in many places, but when we have found them they are there in quite large numbers.

They seem to often be in quite short grass.

nb. This species has recently undergone some genetic boundary divisions and definition changes (Matsui et al. 2005). Previously M. ornata was listed as occurring in Hong Kong, but now this species is listed as restricted to the Indian Subcontinent and M. fissipes is the SE Asia and Chinese species. Most online data still reports M. ornata for Hong Kong.

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Observer

kogia

Date

July 8, 2011 08:59 PM HKT

Description

We've been carefully measuring suctions disk to finger ratios of all the Amolops that we find, so if this article is correct; www0.hku.hk/ecology/porcupine/por32/32-vert-3-frog.htm
then this would be a new recording outside of Lantau for this species in the Hong Kong territory.

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What

Taipei frog Hylarana taipehensis

Observer

kogia

Date

July 8, 2011 09:42 PM HKT

Description

Seems to call very infrequently and so far we've only seen or heard them in this one place. Was hidden in dense undergrowth in a marsh.

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