Rhacophorus calcaneus Smith, 1924

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Rhacophorus > Species: Rhacophorus calcaneus

Rhacophorus calcaneus Smith, 1924, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1924: 228. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.9.18, reregistered from 1924.1.31.4 (formerly M. Smith 2409), according to museum records. Type locality: "Langbian Peaks, alt. 2000 m., [Lam Dong Province,] S. Annam", Vietnam.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) calcaneusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 162; Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 253, by implication. 

Rhacophorus schlegelii calcaneusWolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 197.

Rhacophorus calcaneusBourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 431-432.

Rhacophorus chuyangsinensis Orlov, Nguyen, and Ho, 2008, Russ. J. Herpetol., 15: 68. Holotype: ZISP 8179, by original designation. Type locality: "Chu Yang Sin National Park, Krong Bong District, south part of Dac Lac Province, central Vietnam, 12° 25′ 28.3″ N 108° 21′ 04.1″ E, altitude 1600 m a.s.l. (primary forest on mountain slope)". Synonymy by Orlov, Poyarkov, Vassilieva, Ananjeva, Nguyen, Sang, and Geissler, 2012, Russ. J. Herpetol., 19: 23.

English Names

Vietnam Flying Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 113).


Known with certainty only from 1) Chu Yang Sin National Park, Krong Bong and Lak districts, Dak Lak Province; 2) Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, Lam Dong; 3) type locality (Langbian Peaks, Lam Dong), and 4) Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Vietnam

Endemic: Vietnam


Tran, Nguyen, Phung, Ly, Böhme, and Ziegler, 2011, Rev. Suisse Zool., 118: 413–421, redescribed Rhacophorus chuyangsinensis and provided comments on natural history and records from Lam Dong and Khanh Hoa provinces, Vietnam. In the Rhacophorus calcaneus group of Orlov, Poyarkov, Vassilieva, Ananjeva, Nguyen, Sang, and Geissler, 2012, Russ. J. Herpetol., 19: 23-64, who noted extensive confusion with Rhacophorus robertingeri in the literature and who discussed previous confusion in the range.

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