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Post at: Sep 25 2021

Cascade frog Species from Arunachal Pradesh

Why is News?

  • On August 6, 2021, a study was published in the Journal of Natural History regarding the discovery of a new species of cascade frog from the Adi Hills of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The team of researchers included a team of biologists from Delhi University, Wildlife Institute of India and North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (USA).

Name of New species : Amolops Adicola
About Adi Cascade Frog :

  • They are predominantly brown colour frog with a size ranging roughly between 4 cm to 7 cm.
  • The frog was discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • These are named after Adi tribes, an indigenous group of people from the Himalayan regions of Arunachal Pradesh.

    About Cascade Frogs—

  • These frogs belong to the genus Amolops. They are one of the largest group of Ranid frogs (family Ranidae).
  • Cascade frogs possess preference for small waterfalls or cascades in following hill streams and hence derive their name.
  • At present, there are 73 known species of Cascade frogs. They are widely distributed across Northeast and North India, Nepal, Bhutan, China and through Indo-China to the Malay Peninsula.

Significance of study :

  • The study resolved century-old taxonomic confusions surrounding the identity of another Cascade frog species, Amolops monticola, which was described from the Sikkim Himalayas 150 years ago.

 


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