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Rhacophorus reinwardtii is a medium to large-sized tree frog with a broad head (Inger and Stuebing 2005). Females have a snout-vent length of 55.4-79.6 mm, while males range from 41.6-52.5 mm (Ohler and Delorme 2006). The dorsal skin is smooth (Ohler and Delorme 2006) or granular (Inger and Stuebing 2005). There is a wide flap of skin on the outer edge of the forearm (Inger and Stuebing 2005). It has complete webbing of the hands and feet (Ohler and Delorme 2006). The heel has a wide, rounded flap and continues as a narrow fringe along the lower leg (Inger and Stuebing 2005). Sexual dimorphism is present, but is not as distinct in females (Ohler and Delorme 2006).
The tadpole morphology is typical of its genus; a large, oval and slightly flattened body that has a total length up to 60 mm. The leaf-shaped tail is less than 2x the body length. The tadpole coloration is gray-brown with scattered black spots (Inger and Stuebing 2005).
In the adult frog, coloration of the dorsal surface is a dark green with dark spots, fading into a golden yellow on the flank. The side also has a black band with turquoise blue spots. Webbing is black with golden yellow and bright blue spots. The underside of the frog is pure white (Inger and Stuebing 2005).
The official description of the species is recorded by Frost in Amphibian Species of the World (http://research.amnh.org/vz/herpetology/amphibia/index) as Schlegel (1840), but Inger and Tan (1996) record it as Schlegel (1837).
Specimens from Viet Nam are now considered to belong to Rhacophorus kio (Ohler et al. 2006).
For photos of Rhacophorus reinwardtiiadults and larvae and another species account, see