Metaphrynella sundana (Peters, 1867)
Borneo Tree-hole frog
© 2007 Alexander Haas (1 of 4)
Coloration ranges from light to dark brown, with darker blotches and patterning dorsally. Some specimens have dark crossbars on the dorsal side of the limbs. Individuals may be ventrally solid colored or splotched, with white or dark spots in some (Inger 1966).
In alcohol, M. sundana has grey or brown dorsal coloration with dark irregular markings. Ventrally the frog has dark mottling and a solid black or grey with black spotted throat. Dorsal limb coloration may show crossbars (Inger 1966).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Indonesia, Malaysia
Malaysian region distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sabah, Sarawak
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Inger, R. F. (1966). ''The systematics and zoogeography of the Amphibia of Borneo.'' Fieldiana Zoology, 52, 1-402.
Inger, R., Stuebing, R., Iskandar, D., and Mumpuni. (2004). Metaphrynella sundana. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 14 March 2013.
Lardner, B. and Lakim, M. B. (2002). Animal communication: Tree-hole frogs exploit resonance effects. Nature, 420, 475.
Lardner, B. and Lakim, M. B. (2004). ''Female call preferences in tree-hole frogs: why are there so many unattractive males?'' Animal Behaviour 68, 265-272.
Matsui, M., Yong, H., Araya, K., and Hamid, A. A. (1996). ''Acoustic characteristics and systematic relationships of arboreal microhylid frogs of the genus Metaphrynella from Malaysia.'' Journal of Herpetology 30, 424-427.
Originally submitted by: Amilia Humber (first posted 2013-07-10)
Edited by: David Cannatella and Ann T. Chang (2013-07-22)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2013 Metaphrynella sundana: Borneo Tree-hole frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/2164> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 9, 2023.
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