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False Malabar gliding frog.
A frog that is identified as the frog that isn't the Malabar gliding frog :). The genus 'Rhacophorus' consists of over 50 species of gliding frogs, many of which are found in India. These frogs have long toes with webbing between them, enabling them to glide from their perches. The Malabar gliding frog, that is found only in tbe Western Ghats, is fairly widely distributed in the Western Ghats. The frog in this image, slightly smaller and a paler green than the malabar gliding frog, is restricted in its distribution to ranges that are higher than 1000m in elevation. It is known as the false Malabar gliding frog, or the Rhacophorus pseudomalabaricus. The malabar gliding frog is found in lower elevations too. Much like the Malabar gliding frogs, the pseuodomalabaricus breed in the monsoon, and can be found near water. I saw some of their foam nests near stagnant water.
This is one of the frogs I was hoping to see in Munnar, and I thank the heavy rain for bringing them out with some day light to spare. Otherwise, they are mostly seen at night.
The way this frog has been named reminds me of a similar story of giving nicknames to two of my good friends, both of whom had the same name. One of them, who liked heavy metal music much, was called 'metal'. The other one, therefore, was called 'non-metal'. :). herping herps frogs westernghats monsoon nature naturephotography wildlife wildlifephotography natureinfocus photography animalportrait habitat earthcapture photooftheday picoftheday instagood naturegram natgeo natgeocreative kerala