Saddled Tree Frog

Taruga eques

''Taruga eques'' is a species of frog in the family Rhacophoridae. It is endemic to the central hills of Sri Lanka.
A colorful and pointy Saddled Tree Frog This is the highest-elevation of the three Taruga species. Geotagged,Sri Lanka,Summer,Taruga eques,taruga eques

Appearance

Adult males measure 33–43 mm and females 59–71 mm in snout–vent length. It resembles ''Taruga fastigo'' but has relatively shorter legs, narrower but longer head, an by the absence of the black line that connects the axilla and groin in ''Taruga fastigo'', or that line being reduced to a band of blackish dots.

Status

''Taruga eques'' inhabits montane tropical moist forests at elevations of 1,200–2,135 m above sea level. It is both arboreal and terrestrial, being found in the canopy and on tree trunks as well as in grasses at the edge of ponds. The tadpoles occur in both permanent and seasonal ponds. It does not occur in modified habitats. While a common species, it is threatened by habitat loss caused by conversion of forest to agricultural use, forestry, fires, and infrastructure development. It is present in the Horton Plains National Park, Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve, and the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.

Habitat

''Taruga eques'' inhabits montane tropical moist forests at elevations of 1,200–2,135 m above sea level. It is both arboreal and terrestrial, being found in the canopy and on tree trunks as well as in grasses at the edge of ponds. The tadpoles occur in both permanent and seasonal ponds. It does not occur in modified habitats. While a common species, it is threatened by habitat loss caused by conversion of forest to agricultural use, forestry, fires, and infrastructure development. It is present in the Horton Plains National Park, Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve, and the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.

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Status: Endangered
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAmphibia
OrderAnura
FamilyRhacophoridae
GenusTaruga
SpeciesT. eques
Photographed in
Sri Lanka