Kuhl's Creek Frog

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Limnonectes kuhlii is a brown medium sized frog, up to 70 mm in snout-vent length. The head is quite broad in males with strog adductor muscles bulging behind the eyes.

L. laticeps is similar to L. kuhlii. Both species are generally brown with variable hues and patterns, and the skin has a characteristic network pattern of skin ridges. However, kuhlii grows bigger, prefers rocky bottom streams, and has fully webbed toes (not fully webbed in laticeps). They can be found from lowlands up to 1,600 m asl.

However, this species might be a species complex and highland and lowland forms may be different species. New research indicates that kuhlii represents indeed a species complex.

This species is a lives along the edges of small, moderately fast streams with rocky bottom. The details of the reproductive biology are not known.

Here we present a tadpole form a trickle near a trail at Kinabalu Park, 1,500 m asl. The tadpole is dorsoventrally depressed. The tail is long and the tail fins are well developed. The tail tip is moderately pointed. The tail bears black markings, often in vertical bands.

 

 

 

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