Rhacophorus nigropalmatus Boulenger, 1895

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

Rhacophorus nigropalmatus Boulenger, 1895, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 16: 170. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation, this being BMNH 1895.7.2.24, now renumbered 1947.2.8.89 by museum records. Type locality: "Akar River", Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo).

Polypedates (Rhacophorus) nigropalmatusSiedlecki, 1909, Biol. Zentralbl., 29: 705.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) nigropalmatusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 166; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 253, by implication. 

Rhacophorus nigropalmatus nigropalmatusWolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 200.

English Names

Abah River Flying Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 114).

Flying Tree Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 146).

Wallace's Treefrog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 160; Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 165).

Wallace's Flying Frog (Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 80).

Black-webbed Tree Frog (Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 434).

Wallace’s Flying Treefrog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 61). 

Wallace's Whipping Treefrog (Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 45). 


Peninsular Thailand (Ranong, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala provinces) and adjacent Myanmar (Tanantharyi) through Malaya; Sumatra; Borneo (Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Malaysia, East (Sarawak and/or Sabah), Myanmar, Thailand


In the Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) reinwardtii group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; see comment under Rhacophorus for dissenting opinion regarding the recognition of this group. See accounts by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 435–439; Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 320–326; and Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 482–485; see also account by Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 104–105. Subspecies of Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 137–217, are currently considered species (fide Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 321). Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 43, and Orlov, Lathrop, Murphy, and Ho, 2001, Russ. J. Herpetol., 8: 38–39, doubted the Vietnam records (e.g., Ohler, Marquis, Swan, and Grosjean, 2000, Herpetozoa, Wien, 13: 71–87) and suggested that they were based on misidentified Rhacophorus reinwardtii. See identification table by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 122–123, to compare this species to other rhacophorids of the Sunda Shelf region. Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 146–147, provided a brief characterization and photograph. Malkmus, Manthey, Vogel, Hoffmann, and Kosuch, 2002, Amph. Rept. Mount Kinabalu: 215–216, provided an account. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 160–161, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 165, provided a brief description for Sarawak. Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 80, provided a photograph and brief account. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted a number of larval descriptions in the literature. Chan-ard, Cota, and Makchai, 2011, Amph. E. Region Thailand: 140, detailed the range in Thailand. O'Connell, Hamidy, Kurniawan, Smith, and Fujita, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 123: 101–112, discussed molecular phylogeography regarding the population on Sumatra. Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 434–435, provided a brief account (description, photographs, habitat, and range) for Thailand (in Thai). Zug and Mulcahy, 2020 "2019", Amph. Rept. S. Tanintharyi: 65–66, provided a brief account for southern Tanintharyi, peninsular Myanmar. Gillespie, Ahmad, and Shia, 2021, Field Guide Frog Lower Kinabatangan Region Sabah: 46, provided a brief account, summarizing identification and life history in the Lower Kinabatangan Region, Sabah, Malaysia. Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 45, briefly discussed habitat, range, and identification in Myanmar. Haas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 388–390, summarized the knowledge of habitat, reproduction, larval morphology and coloration. 

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