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New Frog species confirmed

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    20th Aug, 2019

A new species of burrowing frog has been confirmed in Jharkhand’s Chhota Nagpur Plateau.

Context

A new species of burrowing frog has been confirmed in Jharkhand’s Chhota Nagpur Plateau.

About

  • The frog was first discovered in 2015.
  • Its existence was verified and confirmed recently and published in the journal Records of the Zoological Survey of India.
  • The frog is endemic to agricultural areas in Nawadih and Joungi village of Jharkhand’s Koderma district.
  • It has been named as Spahaerotheca Magadha and will be known by the common name of ‘Magadha Burrowing Frog’.
  • The discovery points to the fact that new species of frogs can still be found even in the ‘Central Indian Landscape’ other than the Western Ghats and the Northeast, where most discoveries are currently taking place.

Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)

  • The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is the premier taxonomic research organization in India.
  • It was established on 1 July 1916 to promote surveys, exploration and research leading to advancement of our knowledge of various aspects of the exceptionally rich animal life of India.
  • The ZSI had its genesis as the Zoological Section of the Indian Museum at Calcutta in 1875.
  • Since its inception, the ZSI has been documenting the diversity and distribution of the fauna of India towards carrying out its mandate of conducting exploration-cum-taxonomic-research programmes.
  • The ZSI has published an extremely large amount of information on all animal taxa, from Protozoa to Mammalia. This information is a boon to researchers, students, conservation managers and amateur naturalists.

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