Scientists discover ``unique`` frog species in India

Last Updated: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 10:40

London: Scientists claim to have discovered a new species of "brightly coloured frog" in a remote peak in the southern part of India.

The team of scientists including Dr S D Biju, from the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Delhi, told BBC News that the reddish orange amphibian was spotted in the Eravaikulam National Park of the Western Ghats mountain range.

It has been named Raorchestes resplendens.

The scientists found the frog at an altitude of 2,698m above sea level on the Anaimudi peak. It inhabits a very small area of less than three square kilometres.

"This new species of frog has got extremely short limbs and multiple glands and swellings almost like a toad," Dr Biju told BBC News.

The species is a unique new member of the tree frog group, he explained. It is the only tree frog to have what the researchers call "macro glands".

ANI



First Published: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 10:40
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