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Painted Kaloula

Painted Kaloula
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-21
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 2:26
Viewed: 3796
Points: 14
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Hello Friends,
this is my first amphibian in TN.

Painted Kaloula (kaloula taprobanica)


Identification: A medium sized stout microhylid, immediately distinguished from all other Indian frogs and toads except Ramanella in having only the finger tips dilated into discs. Distinguished from Ramanella by the presence of bony ridges immediately below choanae. Head short, rounded with indistinct canthus rostralis, interorbital space broader than upper eyelid: fingers with well-developed truncate discs which are twice wide as the last phalange, toes about one third webbed; two strong compressed meta tarsal tubercles; tibio-tarsal articulation reaches to the shoulder.

colour pattern is distinctive, with blackish brown and bright red areas. A wide median blackish brown area bordered by two dorsalateral bands of red and narrow interorbital band of red. In addition, there are spots and patches of red within the black pattern. Light grey below, spotted or marbled with brown. Chin and throat black in breeding male.

Habitat, distribution and Status:
Assam, Bengal,Gujarat,Karnataka,Tamilnadu and Srilanka.

Habits: Very little information is available on the habits of this microhylid. Breeding habits unknown but they have been observed in copula in temporary rainwater pools in May at Dandeli. The call has been recorded as shriller than that of the smaller Ramenella Montana.

This was captured at a height of 1.5m from the ground on a mango tree.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-02 2:39]

Hello Vral,
A superb first capture of an amphibian!! You show details and colours very sharply and it looks like a very unusual and interesting species! Good use of the flash and I love its pose on the tree trunk. A good note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

this is a great first capture of amphibian in TN with fine details on it. A little bit noisy maybe.
very well done

Hi KV,
A nice capture of this beautiful microhylid frog. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. But I think the BG is a bit noisy. I made a WS. Hope you will like. Thanks a lot for sharing this new species of frog.

A perfect close up of a microhylid in its prime Vral, very sharp and detail revealing capture my friend, TFS indeed!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-03 5:16]

Vral, How did you spot this guy? Good job and lovely colors. It looks like you shot this in the night. Fantastic sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Vral

I really like this picture for the colours, POV and most of all the species! I used to see these guys in my backyard during the rains - especially in a tree-hole on a 'sapota' tree.


hello Vral
Great picture
nice colours and good details
i like this picture
greeting lou

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