Rhacophorus pardalis Harlequin Flying Frog
Some other names for this species:
Harlequin Treefrog, Panther Flying Frog, Panther Treefrog, Gliding Treefrog
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 16, 2017
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
This is a smaller and less dramatic-looking species of "flying frog" than the famous one that I saw on my first night in Malaysia. This is more of a traditional treefrog in appearance; it does have strong webbing on the feet, but not all the extra webbing on the sides and limbs that make Wallace's Flying Frog such a good glider.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on this trip to Malaysia, as well as a travelogue of the trip.

Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 26, 2017
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Kubah National Park is famous for its frogs, and these pastel beauties are one of the easiest species to find and photograph.
Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 26, 2017
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
This cute li'l metamorph looked to me like a baby Rhacophorus pardalis, a guess that was later confirmed by frog expert Alexander Haas.
Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 27, 2017
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
This frog was much bigger than any of the Rhacophorus pardalis that I had previously seen, which made me think it must be a different species. But after some research it seems that this is must be a large adult female and all those much littler ones were hopeful males.
Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 18, 2018
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If you ever need to practice your nocturnal frog photography (and who doesn't?), the Frog Pond at Kubah is the place to be, and Harlequin Flying Frogs are the most cooperative subjects.
Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 19, 2018
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
I tried to restrain myself the following evening, so I could spend more time wandering throughout other microhabitats in the forest. So just one more Rhacophorus pardalis photo from the Frog Pond.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 26, 2018
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
Gunung Mulu National Park did not have such an obvious place for Rhacophorus pardalis to congregate, and in several nights I only saw one or two of them.
Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, MalaysiaMarch 8, 2018
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley did have its own Frog Pond, but it was a tiny, sad little affair compared to the one at Kubah. Still, it could be counted on for at least a few Rhacophorus pardalis each night. I think this one is a big adult female.
Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, MalaysiaMarch 9, 2018
Harlequin Flying Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
And this one from the next evening is very young, recently transformed from tadpole stage. I wonder if the random white spots that some of these frogs have mimic bird poop?
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