M 30-32 mm, F 45-49 mm. A small stout frog, with slender, long legs and a short, rounded snout. Toe webbing does not reach the base of the pads. Fingers are webbed only at the bases. Upper surface skin is granular, with many tiny pointed projections over the head and back. Between the tympana, there is a semi-circle of spiky projections running over the shoulders. Smaller spikes are scattered over the back. Forearm and lower leg have a row of small, conical projections along the outer edge. Colors range from light green to dark brown. Top of the head is dark, with a light bar between the eyes. Dorsum is spotted with patches of tan and brown. Ventral surfaces of the legs are green (Inger and Stuebing 2005).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Philippines
In Borneo, this species occurs in the mountainous area from Gunung Kinabalu National Park in Sabah to Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. In the Philippines, it is known from only one locality: the island of Palawan. It has mainly been recorded from 750-1800 m asl, although in the Philippines several records have come from lowland forests at 300 m asl. It lives in primary submontane and montane forests and can be found in mossy areas, such as fallen logs near streams (Diesmos et al. 2004).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Call: A series of short, harsh notes (Inger and Stuebing 2005).
Trends and Threats
Several protected areas provide refuge for this species in Borneo and Palawan. However, deforestation by clear-cutting is a major threat in Borneo, and in the Philippines, some populations are also threatened by general habitat loss (Diesmos et al. 2004).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Diesmos, A., Alcala, A., Brown, R., Afuang, L., Gee, G., Inger, R., Stuebing, R., Das, I., Yambun, P., and Lakim M. (2004). Rhacophorus everetti. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 06 May 2009.
Inger, R. F. and Stuebing, R. B. (2005). A Field Guide to the Frogs of Borneo, 2nd edition. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu.
Originally submitted by: Catherine Aguilar (first posted 2009-05-06)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2014-10-29)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2014 Philautus everetti: Everett's Tree Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4508> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 29, 2023.
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