Polypedates mutus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae

Scientific Name: Polypedates mutus (Smith, 1940)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (7 July 2014). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is commonly misidentified as Polypedates leucomystax.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Peter Paul van Dijk, Annemarie Ohler, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Shi Haitao, Yang Datong
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known with certainty from Yunnan, Guizhou, Hainan, Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces in central, southern and southwestern China, and from northern Myanmar (Smith, 1940) and northern Viet Nam. It is suspected to range into northern Thailand and beyond (P. van Dijk pers. comm.). It occurs from 50-1,100m asl.
Countries occurrence:
China; Myanmar; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population:Due to confusion with other species, the population status of this species is not known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits forests and the surrounding areas. It breeds in still-water habitats such as pools, ponds, marshes and paddy fields. It makes foam nests over pools when breeding.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It inhabits lowland forest, which is the most threatened habitat in this region; therefore forest clearance and degradation are likely threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Peter Paul van Dijk, Annemarie Ohler, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Shi Haitao, Yang Datong. 2004. Polypedates mutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58958A11862355. . Downloaded on 20 August 2018.
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