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Amphibian diversity

We are lucky in Hong Kong to have such biodiversity in such a small territory.

For example, the amphibian fauna of Hong Kong accounts for 7 percent of the 366 amphibian species occurring in China.

Above, a juvenile Brown Tree Frog sits on a leaf, party eaten by the tadpoles. Below, a green cascade frog pokes its nose up through the pond leaves.

From the AFCD: This extraordinary diversity can be mainly attributed to the presence of a wide range of habitats, from the hillside streams to the low-lying wetlands (such as agricultural fields), offering suitable habitats to both upland inhabitants (e.g. Giant Spiny Frog, Green Cascade Frog Odorrana chloronota) and lowland dwellers

(e.g. Marbled Pigmy Frog Microhyla pulchra, Spotted Narrow-mouthed Frog Kalophrynus interlineatus). Some widespread and abundant species, such as the Gunther's Frog (Hylarana guentheri) and Paddy Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis), can be found in different habitats at all altitudes. Here two Gunther's frogs.

Among the 24 species recorded so far, only the Romer's Tree Frog is considered endemic to Hong Kong .


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