Common name: Hong Kong Whipping Frog
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Native Range: Polypedates megacephalus occurs from Nepal through Southeast Asia and continental China to Taiwan (Matsui et al., 1986).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Polypedates megacephalus are found here.
Table last updated 1/24/2021
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Christy, M.T., C.S. Clark, D.E. Gee II, D. Vice, D.S. Vice, M.P. Warner, C.L. Tyrrell, G.H. Rodda, and J.A. Savidge. 2007. Recent Records of Alien Anurans on the Pacific Island of Guam. Pacific Science 61(4):469-483.
Matsui, M., T. Seto, and T. Utsunomiya. 1986. Acoustic and karyotypic evidence for specific separation of Polypedates megacephalus from P. leucomystax. Journal of Herpetology 20(4):483-489.
Revision Date: 4/17/2019
Powell, R.S., 2021, Polypedates megacephalus Hallowell, 1861: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=2889, Revision Date: 4/17/2019, Access Date: 1/24/2021
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