Small Flying Frog

Rhacophorus lateralis

''Rhacophorus lateralis'' is an endangered species of rhacophorid tree frog endemic to the Western Ghats in South India. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, intermittent freshwater marshes and plantations. After its original description in 1883 by George Albert Boulenger, the frog was rediscovered in 2000 by Daniel Bennett and team from University of Aberdeen expedition to the region Along with ''R malabaricus'', it is one of the few anuran amphibians in India that constructs its nest above the ground using leaves.
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The frog was described by Boulenger in 1883 based on a single specimen from "Malabar" collected by Richard Henry Beddome. Several later surveys did not report the species until its rediscovery in 2000 in the course of an expedition to the Western Ghats by a team from University of Aberdeen. The rediscovery was based on two adult females and an unsexed metamorph specimens collected from Lakunda estate in Virajpet taluka in South Kodagu. The frog is slender with a short head and snout and a distinct canthus rostralis. The nostrils are nearer to the tip of the snout than to the eye. The eyes are large with the tympanum half the diameter of the eye and a distinct supratympanic fold. The fingers and toes have an enlarged disc possessing circummarginal grooves. The upper portion is smooth, the belly is granular and a characteristic dorsolateral yellow streak on either side of the upper body from the nostril to the groin is distinctive. Colour variations even within the same individual have been reported and have been attributed to stress. Repeated handling reduces colour change.

Green and brown colour morphs have been described. Individuals with green dorsa have the green colour interspersed with fine, sky-blue spots. The individuals with brown dorsa have darker brown spots; no demarcating blue line borders the yellow stripe from the eye to the groin.
The Golden Eye! 
Western Ghats is truly a hidden treasure of India. There are many species large and small that are yet to be discovered or described. My only wish is to see as many as i can before the pristine forests along with its gems are engulfed in the name of development!
Pictured here is one such gem found in the the mighty Ghats! A froglet stage of an endangered species of frog - Rhacophorus lateralis, that was rediscovered after more than a century or perhaps neglected for a century!! 
It was my dream to see the tadpole and froglet stage of these frogs, luckily i was able to find couple of them in froglet stages. 
I wanted to show the beautiful eyes, but couldnt get a better image than this.
It was very challenging to shoot, the conditions were very bad, it was raining with strong winds, the leaf was rocking heavily, in spite of such movements, the froglet was on the leaf.
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The species has been reported from sholas in Eravikulam National Park and Kudremukh National Park, plantations in Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka and Wayanad in Kerala and adjoining subtropical evergreen forests in the southern Western Ghats. It is endemic to this region. It has often been reported in association with ''Rhacophorus malabaricus''.


Habitat loss due to changing agricultural practices, use of pesticides, and logging of its natural forest habitat are major threats to this species.


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Status: Endangered
SpeciesR. lateralis
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