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Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis
Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis
Skittering Frog
Photographer: Muhammad Sharif Khan
Collection: AmphibiaWeb

ID: 1111 1111 1111 0965 (2002-06-10)

Copyright © 1996 Muhammad Sharif Khan

  • date of photo  Jul 8, 1996
  • location   Wetland, Indus valley, Pakistan (Pakistan)
  • family Dicroglossidae
  • order Anura
  • class Amphibia
  • notes   Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis is a highly aquatic and littoral frog. It remains permanently resident in different types of habitats with pooled water, in plains and sub mountain parts of Pakistan. The frog is remarkably capable of adjusting itself to the uncertain aquatic conditions in temperate arid parts of Pakistan. Its peculiar unique habit of skittering over water surface, was first noticed by the Mogul Emperor Babar (Khan and Tasnim, 1987). The frog either floats or remains squatting in the vegetation along marginal water. An intruder initiates skipping behavior during which the flattened and inflated ventral surface of body rests on water surface while the push comes from the distended completely webbed feet, which steer the body forward. So that the frog is speedily carried to the center of the pond. When further provoked, it plunges in the depth.
  • photo category: Animal - Amphibian

  • common names   Common Skittering Frog Skittering Frog (photographer)
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