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What

Hylarana guentheri (Günther's frog) Hylarana guentheri

Observer

kogia

Date

June 14, 2011 08:20 PM HKT

Description

Very common throughout the SAR, where permanent still water is present. Often seen and heard during the day, quite large and bold.

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Observer

kogia

Date

June 14, 2011 08:03 PM HKT

Description

Quite cryptic and more localised than many of the other Hong Kong frogs. We've heard them more frequently than actually seen them, usually near marshy areas.

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What

Odorrana chloronota (green cascade frog) Odorrana chloronota

Observer

kogia

Date

June 14, 2011 06:32 PM HKT

Description

We find them in similar habitats to Amolops hongkongensis, but also further away from streams and in slower flowing river areas. The females are significantly larger than the males.

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Observer

kogia

Date

June 12, 2011 09:20 PM HKT

Description

Justifiably named, we always find them clinging to rocks in fast flowing streams. Although we have observed them in fewer streams than Odorrana chloronota, when we do find them, they seem to be there in larger numbers.

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What

Hylarana latouchii (brown wood frog) Hylarana latouchii

Observer

kogia

Date

June 12, 2011 09:41 PM HKT

Description

We find them less frequently than other Hong Kong frogs, but in certain areas they appear to be reasonably common. We've often found them at some distance from water features, always in or near wooded areas.

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What

Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Asian common toad) Duttaphrynus melanostictus

Observer

kogia

Date

June 12, 2011 08:49 PM HKT

Description

We haven't been out for a night walk and not found these, often they are a long distance from water.

They seem to show quite a range of colour variations, we've found individuals with red, black, blue and a range of brown & yellow markings.

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What

Quasipaa exilispinosa (lesser spiny frog) Quasipaa exilispinosa

Observer

kogia

Date

June 12, 2011 08:32 PM HKT

Description

Often sympatric with Amolops hongkongensis & Odorrana chloronota, we've only ever found them in or next to mountain streams.

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What

Paramesotriton hongkongensis (Hong Kong newt) Paramesotriton hongkongensis

Observer

kogia

Date

June 12, 2011 06:55 PM HKT

Description

We've been finding these along well-wooded paths near mountain streams with larger pools and along forest roads.

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What

Quasipaa exilispinosa (lesser spiny frog) Quasipaa exilispinosa

Observer

kogia

Date

June 5, 2011 08:47 PM HKT

Description

Often sympatric with Amolops hongkongensis & Odorrana chloronota, we've only ever found them in or next to mountain streams.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kogia

Date

June 5, 2011 07:36 PM HKT

Description

Seems to be more localised than some of the stream frogs we've observed. So far we've always found them in or near mountain streams, often calling from exposed perches.

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Observer

kogia

Date

June 5, 2011 07:53 PM HKT

Description

Justifiably named, we always find them clinging to rocks in fast flowing streams. Although we have observed them in fewer streams than Odorrana chloronota, when we do find them, they seem to be there in larger numbers.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kogia

Date

June 1, 2011 10:02 PM HKT

Description

Quite cryptic and more localised than many of the other Hong Kong frogs. We've heard them more frequently than actually seen them, usually near marshy areas.

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Observer

kogia

Date

May 3, 2011 07:47 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

Frogs & Toads (Order Anura) Order Anura

Observer

kogia

Date

March 23, 2011 10:55 AM HKT

Description

I'm assuming it's a released pet, it isn't in any of the guides to Hong Kong or South China amphibians, but it would still be interesting to know what species it is.

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What

Liuixalus romeri (Romer's tree frog) Liuixalus romeri

Observer

kogia

Date

May 29, 2011 10:32 PM HKT

Description

Tiny frogs (1.5 - 2cm long) that sound very much like a cricket. We've found them to be reasonably common in certain areas of Lantau & the New Territories.

We have only found them close to the ground, in well wooded areas, next to tiny temporary patches of water (eg. often small man-made containers like tin cans and buckets) in which we have observed their tadpoles.

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Observer

kogia

Date

May 28, 2011 07:19 PM HKT

Description

We've not found these in many places, the areas where we have contain large ponds (cultivated & wild) with marshy areas nearby.

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What

Quasipaa exilispinosa (lesser spiny frog) Quasipaa exilispinosa

Observer

kogia

Date

May 27, 2011 08:44 PM HKT

Description

Often sympatric with Amolops hongkongensis & Odorrana chloronota, we've only ever found them in or next to mountain streams.

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What

Liuixalus romeri (Romer's tree frog) Liuixalus romeri

Observer

kogia

Date

May 27, 2011 09:56 PM HKT

Description

Tiny frogs (1.5 - 2cm long) that sound very much like a cricket. We've found them to be reasonably common in certain areas of Lantau & the New Territories.

We have only found them close to the ground, in well wooded areas, next to tiny temporary patches of water (eg. often small man-made containers like tin cans and buckets) in which we have observed their tadpoles.

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Observer

kogia

Date

May 27, 2011 08:05 PM HKT

Description

We've found them to be common across the whole Hong Kong SAR, finding them high up wild rural mountainsides and down inside ditches next to public toilets.

They make a sound that is like a distant cow bellowing and seem to be able to tolerate pretty polluted dirty water.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kogia

Date

May 27, 2011 07:54 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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Observer

kogia

Date

May 27, 2011 09:18 AM HKT

Description

We haven't been out for a night walk and not found these, often they are a long distance from water.

They seem to show quite a range of colour variations, we've found individuals with red, black, blue and a range of brown & yellow markings.

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What

Microhyla fissipes (ornate pygmy frog) Microhyla fissipes

Observer

kogia

Date

May 24, 2011 09:04 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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What

Polypedates megacephalus (brown tree frog) Polypedates megacephalus

Observer

kogia

Date

May 23, 2011 08:26 PM HKT

Description

Very common throughout the whole SAR, seems to have no problem breeding alongside human habitation.

We've commonly found them inside drains and catchwaters, in bushes, on building walls, next to mountain streams and in lowland marshes, pretty much everywhere.

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What

Hylarana guentheri (Günther's frog) Hylarana guentheri

Observer

kogia

Date

May 23, 2011 08:04 PM HKT

Description

Very common throughout the SAR, where permanent still water is present. Often seen and heard during the day, quite large and bold.

Photos / Sounds

What

Quasipaa exilispinosa (lesser spiny frog) Quasipaa exilispinosa

Observer

kogia

Date

May 22, 2011 08:32 PM HKT

Description

Often sympatric with Amolops hongkongensis & Odorrana chloronota, we've only ever found them in or next to mountain streams.

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What

Fejervarya limnocharis (paddy frog) Fejervarya limnocharis

Observer

kogia

Date

May 22, 2011 07:38 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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What

Leptolalax liui (leaf-litter toad) Leptolalax liui

Observer

kogia

Date

May 19, 2011 10:24 PM HKT

Description

A very small frog and very easily overlooked, they make a very high-pitch irregular call sound. We have found them alongside mountain streams and on mountain paths, often hidden inside crevices between rocks or sitting flat along low streamside branches.

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What

Quasipaa exilispinosa (lesser spiny frog) Quasipaa exilispinosa

Observer

kogia

Date

May 19, 2011 09:25 PM HKT

Description

Often sympatric with Amolops hongkongensis & Odorrana chloronota, we've only ever found them in or next to mountain streams.

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

kogia

Date

May 17, 2011 10:30 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).

Photos / Sounds

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What

Odorrana chloronota (green cascade frog) Odorrana chloronota

Observer

kogia

Date

May 17, 2011 09:40 PM HKT

Description

We find them in similar habitats to Amolops hongkongensis, but also further away from streams and in slower flowing river areas. The females are significantly larger than the males.

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