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Hylarana labialis


Hylarana labialis

Family Name: Ranidae
Synonyms: raniceps, [blank], Hydrophylax
Taxonomic Group: Vertebrates (Amphibian)
Common Name: Copper-cheeked Frog, Forest Greenback

The Copper-cheeked Frog has an unusual call that sounds like dripping water. Found in Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves and their surrounding Nature Parks, this frog can be found near streams and water bodies. It is best identified by a large brown patch at its eardrum as it can come in different colours of green, brown and yellow.


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Size 7 cm SVL
Description Fomerly confused with Rana chalconata and Hydrophylax raniceps. Dorsal surface relatively smooth, ranging from bright green to shades of yellow or brown. Hind legs long and slender, tips of fingers and toes flattened into disks. Snout pointed, upper lip white, eardrum brown. Tadpoles are yellowish to orange, often with translucent skin. Blackish bar is present under the eyes, and poison glands form a pair of white stripes on the belly. They are often found in forest streams with running water. Its call sounds like dripping water.

Ecology, Habitat & Location

Ecological Notes Often found in forest streams with running water. Nocturnal, semi-arboreal, and insectivorous.
Habitats Forest, Terrestrial
Distribution Occurs in the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra.
Nature Reserves Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve
Nature Areas Pulau Tekong, Western Catchment Area


Species Status Native
Conservation Status Common




References Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2012. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp


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Species record last updated on: 30 May 2023.