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Megophrys nasuta Schlegel 1858
by Kaviarasu Munian & Mohammad Shahfiz Azman

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Megophrys nasuta Schlegel 1858

by Kaviarasu Munian & Mohammad Shahfiz Azman

The Malayan Horned Frog or scientifically known as Megophrys nasuta is in the amphibian family of Megophryidae. It does not have any “horns” but the projection of the skin over its eyelids give it the semblance of having horns. The species is difficult to spot on the forest floor, it is well camouflaged with a body coloration of tan or dark brown that resembles dead leaves.

The Malayan Horned Frog makes its home on the forest floor. During the day, juvenile Megophrys nasuta hides under dead leaves while the adult prefers dead logs or large rocks. After a heavy rain and in the late afternoons or evenings, one could hear its loud honk.

It’s a species of the lowland forest. Mature individuals can grow to 12 cm long. Itsdiet includes other frogs, lizards, centipedes and even scorpions.

References

  1. Frost, D.R.Amphibian Species of the World. American Museum of Natural History, New York. Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://research.amnh.org
  2. Inger, R.F. & Stuebing, R.B. (2005). A Field Guide To The Frogs of Borneo, Second Edition. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Malaysia. pp. 133, 209.
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