New frog dis­cov­ered in the Western Ghats

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

A TEAM of sci­en­tists has dis­cov­ered a large, hith­erto un­known tree frog dur­ing field work in the mid-el­e­va­tion hill forests of the Western Ghats in Ker­ala. It be­longs to the Rha­cophori­dae fam­ily and has been named Ghatix­alus­mag­nus af­ter its large size, making it the big­gest known tree frog in the Western Ghats. This novel species po­ten­tially rep­re­sents the largest known rha­cophorid species in penin­su­lar In­dia, at­tain­ing an av­er­age male body size of 76 mm, the sci­en­tists wrote in the lat­est is­sue of in­ter­na­tional tax­on­omy jour­nal, Zootaxa.

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