Polypedates hecticus
Samar Tree Frog
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Philippines


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from a single locality on Samar Island, in the Philippines. Its distribution cannot be mapped, as its precise range is not known. There is still continuing doubt over its validity as a species (Brown et al. 2010).

Habitat and Ecology

This species reportedly inhabits arboreal microhabitats in lower montane and lowland forests, and presumably breeds in water by larval development.


The population status of this species is unknown. It has not been recorded for 150 years, presumably because of a lack of herpetological work within its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Possible threats to this species include small-scale logging and the conversion of its major habitat, the lowland rainforest, to agricultural land.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species does not occur in any protected areas.

Research Needed
Additional specimens need to be collected to confirm its taxonomic validity.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements, and doubt surrounding its taxonomic validity.

Taxonomic Notes

This species' taxonomic validity is not certain. It is only dubiously distinguishable from Polypedates leucomystax (Brown et al. 2010).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Polypedates hecticus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58950A58482798. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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