Monday, October 25, 2010

My Little Friend - Mr. Spotted Stream Frog (Rana picturata)

Here i am coming back with another story of my another little friend. Known as Mr. Spotted Stream Frog with his scientific name Rana picturata and living along streams and sometimes can be found perched above roots and rocks. They always make a sound (call) like a quick succession of 'cricks' and uttered rather sporadically.
Photo taken at Muaya Waterfall, Sipitang
This fella have another similar friends called Rana signata. They are differentiate by striped on signata and spotted on picturata; also their tadpoles maybe indistinguishable in the field.

This is a little bit info of his "babies"...:(^__^). The tadpoles are black in appearance with a blueish shimmer. The tail fin is moderately high the tail itself is long. The Tail fin bears many skin glands that become visible under appropriate light. The iris has a red ring around the pupilla. They live in stagnant or slow moving water and frequently found in stream side pools with accumulations of leaf litter. These tadpoles specialize in using the spaces in stacks of leaf litter. They hide during the day, but may come out and surface during the night. At night they are much paler in coloration. (Info from Frogs of Borneo).

Okay, that is a little bit about my another little friend. Will come back soon with another great stories of my little little nature friends... Till then. (",)
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