2023 Edition

Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya

The Aura, 2022

Amboli, Maharashtra, India

Category - Into the forest

The Aura, 2022

The Malabar gliding frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus) is a bright green frog usually found near stagnant water. They are endemic to the Western Ghats in India. The thin membranes that connect their fingers allow them to glide through the air for up to 9-12 metres and their flexible skeleton is designed to cushion the shock of landing. This species builds gelatinous foam nests over small bodies of water into which the tadpoles fall when they hatch.

20 mm f/1.8 Lens - 1/10 sec at f/5 ISO 250