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Common tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax)

Gudindang or common tree frog or golden tree frog or four-lined tree frog or striped tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax) is a species of frog in Rhacophoridae that usually lives on trees, is medium-sized, rather slim, about 50 mm long in males and 80 mm in female. Dorsal has smooth skin, no creases, bumps or pimples.

P. leucomystax has variable colors including yellowish brown, grayish to pale whitish. Some are plain, while others have large dark spots and small or elongated stripes. This frog also changes color from a rather dark and contrasting pattern at night to pale and faint at noon.

Dlium Common tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax)

Gudindang has a dark to black ribbon between the nose and eyes, then back over the top of the ear to the shoulder. This black ribbon is bordered by thin golden yellow lines on the top, especially from the eyes to the shoulders.

A similar golden line also appears at the narrow sides of the hand from the elbow to the lateral side of the fingers and on the side of the foot to the lateral side of the toes. Ventral finely polished and golden white. Hands and thighs have blackish slashes.

Half of the fingers have a membrane to swim or almost nothing. The swimming membrane on the foot is blackish, reaching the tip of the finger at the end, except for the fourth finger which is the longest where only the second segment of the tip.

The common tree frog has large, protruding eyes, golden yellow iris, golden upper lip and blackish lower lip. They are often found in secondary forests or near villages. Active especially at night and often loudly shouting since dusk. This frog preys on various types of insects.



Many male individuals, sometimes up to 10 individuals, gather near ponds, ditches or puddles during the mating season. Males climb low bushes or small trees near puddles to a height of 1 m or more above the ground and shout calls to lure females.

If they meet, the couple moves to look for leaves or twigs that hang on the water to attach eggs to a foam nest attached to a pool that hangs on leaves, twigs, grass stems or sometimes on the walls of waterways.

Foam bubbles to protect the eggs from drought until it's time to hatch and the tadpoles come out falling into the water. In the mating season, several male frogs are aggressive towards the presence of light by approaching and perching and sounding: pro-ek...! wrok... krot... krot... krot, like people rubbing teeth.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Genus: Polypedates
Species: P. leucomystax

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