IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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Rhacophorus taipeianus is a medium-sized species of frog, with males ranging from 35-45 mm SVL, and females measuring 45-55 mm (Liang and Wang 1978). The snout is rounded and protrudes in profile (Liang and Wang 1978). The tympanum is not clearly defined and is obscured by a layer of skin (Chou et al. 1997). Webbing is present on both hands and feet (Liang and Wang 1978). Toes have expanded discs (Liang and Wang 1978). Skin texture is smooth (though granular: Chou et al. 2007). The pupil is horizontal (Liang and Wang 1978). Males have a single gular pouch (Liang and Wang 1978).

Dorsal coloration is green. These frogs are capable of metachrosis and can change color from dark brown to light green. Patterning varies, with some individuals having white, yellow, or blue spots. Ventral coloration is yellow, with some brown spots, and the abdomen is yellowish white. Inner thighs have some dark brown spotting. The iris is yellow (Liang and Wang 1978). Anterior and posterior of the thighs are yellow (Chou et al. 2007). This species can be distinguished from other Taiwanese Rhacophorus by the presence of a green supratympanic fold, along with the lack of palmar tubercles, the absence of black spots on the flank, and the absence of white spots on the dorsum (Lue et al. 1994).

Tadpole coloration is grayish white and the body is oval-shaped. Tadpole tails are thin and long, with sparse dots (Chou and Lin 1997).

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