Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) on Siargao Island.

Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax)

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Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) on Siargao Island.
Polypedates leucomystax, the golden tree frog. Notice the feet!

I’d just finished up getting some night shots of a flying lemur rustling around in a jackfruit tree this evening in front of our porch when I noticed this small golden tree frog sitting on the dead tree branches that host my wife’s epiphytic orchids.

Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) on Siargao Island.

 

For a small frog (it grows to 50 mm or about two inches) it certainly goes by a lot of different names. Here are all of the various common names for this frog I was able to find:

Common tree frog, four-lined tree frog, white-lipped tree frog, golden tree frog, striped tree frog, and Asian brown tree frog.  

All frogs in the genus Polypedates are known collectively as whipping frogs.

Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) on Siargao Island.

The golden tree frog is thought to be somewhat dependent on human settlements and agriculture for its habitat. In fact, forest loss resulting from agricultural conversion has helped this tree frog extend its range. Polypedates leucomystax can be found in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. This amphibian is abundant through much of its range and has a least threatened conservation status.

Being abundant is a good thing I suppose since these baki make for a popular stir-fried appetizer throughout the region. It’s also cooked adobo-style or with coconut milk in the Philippines. Butuan seems to be the regional center for this delicacy.

Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) on Siargao Island.
Fun fact: leucomystax means ‘white-moustached’!

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