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New frog species in Western Ghats

Context:

Researchers from University of Delhi have named a newly-discovered frog species as Minervarya Pentali.

Relevance:

Prelims, GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Species in News)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About the new frog species discovered

About the new frog species discovered

  • The new frog species named Minervarya Pentali belongs to the family of Dicroglossidae which comprises of over 200 species of semiaquatic frogs.
  • Minervarya Pentali was discovered from the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, extending along the southwest coast of the Indian Peninsula.
  • This new species is endemic to the southern Western Ghats.
  • This species is also among the smallest known Minervarya (genus) frogs.

-Source: The Hindu

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