New Frog Species Discovered In India

December 22, 2017

Scientists with the Zoological Survey of India, led by Bhaskar Saikia, Bikramjit Sinha and Ilona Jacinta Kharkongor, have discovered a new species of frog in  India’s Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

The frog, named Odorrana arunachalensis, was discovered in fast flowing streams in the Arunachal Pradesh Lower Subansiri district of the sanctuary and inhabits the moss and fern covered rock areas of hill streams, according to a report in The Hindu.

The frog can be seen during the wet season and is adapted for a life in fast moving waters. It apparently cannot be seen during the dry season.

It is a medium-sized green frog that features a black lined mark between its eyes that is unique from other frogs in the Odorrana genus.

The sanctuary in which Odorrana arunachalensis was discovered is a biodiversity hotspot. It is 2,400 meters in altitude and several rivers flowing through it, including the Pange, Sipu, Karing and Subansiri rivers. It features subtropical and alpine forests that is home to a variety of flora and fauna.

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