A large member of the genus Megophrys at a maximum SVL of 76.7 mm. Dark and tan dorsally with an hourglass patter and a triangle between eyes a mahogany color. Flanks marbled dark brown. Upper lip banded dark brown on vinous grey-brown ground color. Orange flash coloration in groin area. Throat vinous grey-brown. Webbing is dark brown and iris is copper colored. Head is wider than long with a bluntly pointed and largely protruding snout. Distance between front of eyes is two times the distance between back of eyes. Nostrils are oval with a low flap of skin laterally, closer to eye than to tip of snout. The tympanum is distinct in this species as well as oval (60% of eye diameter). Tympanum-eye distance is 110% of tympanum diameter. No teeth are present, although a vomerine ridge is present. forearm is shorter than hand, relative finger lengths are 2<1<4<3. Hind limbs are long and when adpressed anteriorly, heels overlap. Toes are long and thin, relative toe lengths are 1<2<5<3<4. There is no dermal ridge along toe 5. Skin is smooth on head and anterior part of back, but granular on posteiror part of back and flanks. Small, white femoral and pectoral glands present, posterior part of supratympanic fold has glands which are slightly enlarged (Ohler et al. 2002).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cambodia
Phnom [Mount] Aural in the Phnom Aural Wildlife Sanctuary, Kampong Speu Province, Southwest Cambodia.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Collected at 800 m on Phnom Aural calling from on top of a boulder 0.2 m from a cascade of a mountian stream in hill evergreen forest. Many males were found along mountain streams from 500-1140 m in habitat with evergreen forest. Males were always observed within 1m of the stream and usually no further than 0.3 m from fast-flowing water.
Ohler, A., Swan, S.R., and Daltry, J.C. (2002). ''A recent survey of the amphibian fauna of the Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia with descriptions of three new species.'' The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 50(2), 465-481.
Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), AWeb guy
First submitted 2004-06-04
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2004-08-18)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2004 Megophrys auralensis <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6198> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 22, 2019.
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