Indian scientists discover 9 new species of `thumbnail size frogs` in Western Ghats

By Shruti Saxena | Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 04:26 AM IST
Indian scientists discover 9 new species of `thumbnail size frogs` in Western Ghats

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: In an exciting find, scientists at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have discovered as many as nine new species of frogs as small as a thumbnail in the Western Ghats.

A team of researchers led by SP Vijayakumar and Kartik Shanker studied a sample of frogs from all over the Western Ghats using a combination of molecular genetics, geography, frog morphology and other tools to differentiate frogs into lineages. The meaning of lineage here refers to descendants of a common ancestor that have survived a million or more years ago.

The results of the study showed more than 20 potential new lineages.

The Western Ghats is a global biodiversity hot-spot with high species richness as well as generic and familial endemism.