Nyctimystes foricula
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Males grow up to 40mm, females up to 50 mm in body length. Dorsal is green which can be plain bright green or occasionally with scattered white spots and white or yellow below; can also be dull grayish green or grayish brown tinged faintly with green, with sometimes irregular cream spots on dorsum. All have brilliant golden yellow ventral surfaces; no green on the upper arms and inner three fingers and toes. Eyes have venation that forms heavy golden oblique lines which are wider than the slits between (Menzies 1975).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea


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Ranges at least from Ialibu in Southern Highlands District to Wau, Morobe District, and to mountains south of the mouth of Markham River (Zweifel 1980). Likes forests near small fast-running creeks (Menzies 1975).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Call: Has a quiet succession of clicks and trills; frogs call from bushes and shrubs along small streams (Menzies 1975; Zweifel 1980).


Menzies, J. I. (1975). Handbook of Common New Guinea Frogs. Wau Ecology Institute, Papua New Guinea.

Zweifel, R. G. (1980). ''Results of the Archbold Expeditions 103. Frogs and lizards from the Huon Peninsula, Papua New-Guinea.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 165, 390-434.

Written by Chih Wang (chihwang AT, AmphibiaWeb Volunteer
First submitted 2003-05-13
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2003-05-14)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Nyctimystes foricula <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 19, 2020.

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