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One of the most awesome frogs IMO!

Post by orionmystery » September 24th, 2015, 12:37 am

I think this is possibly the cutest frog face in the world. Malaya Bug-eyed Frog (Theloderma leprosum). Malaysia.
ImageTheloderma leprosum_MG_2748 stk copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

One of the most awesome frogs I've ever seen - Malaya Bug-eyed Frog (Theloderma leprosum). Malaysia. It looks quite similar to Theloderma horridum that I've seen before, only much bigger.
ImageTheloderma leprosum_MG_2740 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageTheloderma leprosum_MG_2763 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageTheloderma leprosum_MG_2766 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageTheloderma leprosum_MG_2758 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malayan Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta). Malaysia.
ImageMegophrys nasuta_MG_2576 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Norhayati's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus norhayatii). Malaysia.
ImageRhacophorus norhayatii_MG_2531 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageRhacophorus norhayatii_MG_2527 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Sleep tight, Wallace! Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus). Malaysia.
ImageRhacophorus nigropalmatus_MG_2930 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageRhacophorus nigropalmatus_MG_2934 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Metamorph Twin-spotted tree frog (Rhacophorus bipunctatus). Malaysia.
ImageRhacophorus bipunctatus_MG_2135 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageRhacophorus bipunctatus_MG_2128 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Also spotted one on a discarded sneaker! LOL
ImageRhacophorus bipunctatus_MG_2124 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Adult Twin-spotted tree frog (Rhacophorus bipunctatus)
ImageRhacophorus bipunctatus_MG_3312 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

a pair of them in amplexus
ImageRhacophorus bipunctatus_MG_3953 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Larut Hills Rice Frog (Microhyla annectens). Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageMicrohyla annectens_MG_3549 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageMicrohyla annectens_MG_3534 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malayan Flying Frog (Rhacophorus prominanus), montane forest of Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageRhacophorus prominanus_MG_3361 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Beautiful Malacca Frog (Phrynella pulchra), Selangor, Malaysia.
ImagePhrynella pulchra_MG_3067 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImagePhrynella pulchra_MG_3059 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malaysian Tree-hole frog (Metaphrynella pollicaris), montane Forest of Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageMetaphrynella pollicaris_MG_2395 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Berdmore's narrow-mouthed frog, Large Pygmy Frog (Microhyla berdmorei), Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageMicrohyla berdmorei_MG_2249 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malacca Spadefoot Toad (Xenophrys longipes). Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageXenophrys longipes_MG_2725 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

ImageXenophrys longipes_MG_2736 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Vermiculate Bush Frog (Philautus vermiculatus). Montane forest, Pahang, Malaysia.
ImagePhilautus vermiculatus_MG_2390 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Peter's Bush Frog (Philautus petersi), montane forest of Pahang,Malaysia.
ImagePhilautus petersi_MG_3479 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Red Sided Stick Frog (Kalophrynus pleurostigma), Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageKalophrynus pleurostigma_MG_2107 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Dwarf/Lesser Stream Toad (Ingerophrynus parvus) in amplexus. Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageIngerophrynus parvus_MG_2245 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A juvenile Lesser Swamp Frog (Hylarana laterimaculata). Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageHylarana laterimaculata_MG_2278 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Butler's rice frog, Painted Chorus Frog, Tubercled Pygmy Frog (Microhyla butleri), montane forest of Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageMicrohyla butleri_MG_2380 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

White Lipped Frog (Chalcorana labialis), Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageChalcorana labialis_MG_3071 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Not sure what tadpole?
ImageUnidentified tadpole_MG_9949 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A tiny Tanahrata Wartfrog (Limnonectes nitidus).?
ImageLimnonectes nitidus_MG_3660 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Two Poisonous Rock Frogs, Odorrana hosii). Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageOdorrana hosii_MG_2919 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malesian Frog / Peat Swamp Frog (Limnonectes malesianus), Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageLimnonectes malesianus_MG_2773 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Beautiful Cinnamon Frog / White-spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus). We found for of them in one night. Selangor, Malaysia.
ImageNyctixalus pictus_MG_2724 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Banjaran Frog (Hyalarana banjarana), montane forest, Pahang, Malaysia.
ImageHylarana banjarana_MG_2357 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

More frogs of Malaysia: http://orionmystery.blogspot.my/2014/08 ... frogs.html

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » September 24th, 2015, 4:23 am

Not unlike a man on a never-ending diet of highly creative, top-shelf cuisine, I've eventually come to a point where I don't fall off my chair anymore when the next fabulous meal - or, in this case, your next fabulous post - arrives, even if it surpasses, yet again, everything that had been served previously.

But just when I thought you finally couldn't top yourself, the Theloderma series here comes along and knocks me flat on my ass again. The sharpness, the textures, the colors, the multidimensionality made possible through your expert lighting - it all amounts to extraordinary pictures of a life form that one might expect to dwell far beyond the realm of our solar system.

You, dear Kurt, are a true master of photography. And to think that you achieve all this with a bloody toilet roll! :-)

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Post by TJA » September 24th, 2015, 12:25 pm

Wonderful pictures. That first shot of the bug-eyed frog has made it my new favorite animal.

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Post by orionmystery » September 25th, 2015, 12:11 am

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Not unlike a man on a never-ending diet of highly creative, top-shelf cuisine, I've eventually come to a point where I don't fall off my chair anymore when the next fabulous meal - or, in this case, your next fabulous post - arrives, even if it surpasses, yet again, everything that had been served previously.

But just when I thought you finally couldn't top yourself, the Theloderma series here comes along and knocks me flat on my ass again. The sharpness, the textures, the colors, the multidimensionality made possible through your expert lighting - it all amounts to extraordinary pictures of a life form that one might expect to dwell far beyond the realm of our solar system.

You, dear Kurt, are a true master of photography. And to think that you achieve all this with a bloody toilet roll! :-)
Thank you, Hans. No toilet roll is used in the making of my DIY Diffuser! :mrgreen:

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Post by orionmystery » September 25th, 2015, 12:12 am

TJA wrote:Wonderful pictures. That first shot of the bug-eyed frog has made it my new favorite animal.
Thankks, TJA. My new favorite too! I can still remember my excitement when we found it! :beer:

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Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » September 25th, 2015, 3:10 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:
What a fantastic creature! Thanks a lot!

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Post by orionmystery » September 25th, 2015, 5:08 am

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote::shock: :shock: :shock:
What a fantastic creature! Thanks a lot!
Thanks, Jeroen. I knew you would love this T. leprosum <3

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Post by justinm » September 25th, 2015, 5:26 am

Your photography is only rivaled by your ability to find the truly unique and wonderful animals you post. I can't say enough, about how impressed I am. Your photos are in a category that I don't think I've ever even accidentally achieved. You've mastered this, truly. Thanks for sharing, it's always great to get my eyes wide on your pictures.

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Post by orionmystery » September 26th, 2015, 12:05 am

justinm wrote:Your photography is only rivaled by your ability to find the truly unique and wonderful animals you post. I can't say enough, about how impressed I am. Your photos are in a category that I don't think I've ever even accidentally achieved. You've mastered this, truly. Thanks for sharing, it's always great to get my eyes wide on your pictures.

Justin Michels
Thank you, Justin :)

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Post by krisbell » September 26th, 2015, 12:23 am

Great shots as always - that Bug-eyed frog is incredible!

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Post by NACairns » September 26th, 2015, 10:46 am

Kurt as usual, you've floored me with your photography and the diversity of your region. Is the hunched position of Theloderma leprosum (third photo) a defensive response or is that a resting position? Is the rock base you have it on represent the preferred habitat of this species? Essentially I'm asking if it is a mossy rock mimic?
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Post by orionmystery » September 26th, 2015, 8:21 pm

Thanks, Nick, Kris.

Nick - yes, I think that's a typical Theloderma defense pose. I have noticed somewhat similar behavior from Theloderma horridum too:

Theloderma horridum
ImageTheloderma horridum IMG_7063 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


We found the T. leprosum on a slope. This was an in-situ shot taken with my 60mm macro lens.
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Post by Antonsrkn » September 27th, 2015, 6:04 am

Beautiful work, theres a few here I must have missed when you posted on flickr, they were new to me! Awesome diversity of frogs here.
NACairns wrote: Is the rock base you have it on represent the preferred habitat of this species? Essentially I'm asking if it is a mossy rock mimic?
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My understanding is that most Theloderma usually live up in the trees and breed in treeholes and other phytothelmata up there, never requiring a descent to ground level, which is part of what makes these frogs so rarely encountered. So its mossy appearance likely helps it blend in with tree bark and moss up high in the tree rather than mossy stones.

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Post by orionmystery » September 27th, 2015, 7:04 am

Antonsrkn wrote:Beautiful work, theres a few here I must have missed when you posted on flickr, they were new to me! Awesome diversity of frogs here.
NACairns wrote: Is the rock base you have it on represent the preferred habitat of this species? Essentially I'm asking if it is a mossy rock mimic?
Thanks,
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My understanding is that most Theloderma usually live up in the trees and breed in treeholes and other phytothelmata up there, never requiring a descent to ground level, which is part of what makes these frogs so rarely encountered. So its mossy appearance likely helps it blend in with tree bark and moss up high in the tree rather than mossy stones.
Thanks, Anton. I think probably only T. leprosum and T. horridum live high up on tree holes? T. asperum has been known to keep going back to a toilet in a highland resort I know of. Also, I found T. licin on low vegetation.

T. horridum on a tree trunk at about chest height. It stayed there for many days!

ImageSpiny Wart Frog IMG_7126 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

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Post by Antonsrkn » September 27th, 2015, 7:25 am

Thanks, Anton. I think probably only T. leprosum and T. horridum live high up on tree holes? T. asperum has been known to keep going back to a toilet in a highland resort I know of. Also, I found T. licin on low vegetation.

T. horridum on a tree trunk at about chest height. It stayed there for many days!
You're probably right, T. horridum is the only Theloderma that I read up about, some of the sources I spoke to and read from made it seem like it was a general trend among Theloderma. My mistake thinking it was most of them.

Btw, that looks exactly how I found my T. horridum as well!

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Post by orionmystery » September 27th, 2015, 9:03 pm

Antonsrkn wrote:
Thanks, Anton. I think probably only T. leprosum and T. horridum live high up on tree holes? T. asperum has been known to keep going back to a toilet in a highland resort I know of. Also, I found T. licin on low vegetation.

T. horridum on a tree trunk at about chest height. It stayed there for many days!
You're probably right, T. horridum is the only Theloderma that I read up about, some of the sources I spoke to and read from made it seem like it was a general trend among Theloderma. My mistake thinking it was most of them.

Btw, that looks exactly how I found my T. horridum as well!
:).

BTW, a few friends just found a T. asperum in a different toilet at another highland resort :P

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Re: One of the most awesome frogs IMO!

Post by gabrielgartner » December 8th, 2015, 3:22 pm

Hi Kurt,

What are you using for diffusion here? It looks like your using a hotshoe mounted flash, correct?

Thanks!
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Post by chrish » December 8th, 2015, 9:45 pm

Kurt,

As usual, simply beautiful. The time you must invest in your photography pays off.

gabrielgartner wrote:Hi Kurt,

What are you using for diffusion here? It looks like your using a hotshoe mounted flash, correct?

Thanks!
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Gabriel,

If you haven't checked out Kurt's blog, there are lots of cool tips (and diffuser types) on there.
http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/

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