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Monday, May 12, 2014

"Dancing Frog" species was found in India

The scientists said they discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs 'in the forest area of ​​southern India. The new species is named because it often kicked dancing frog legs during the breeding season to attract the attention of the female amphibians.
Indian scientists discover new species of 'dancing frogs'. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1fZugpM)
The researchers say about 80% of India's frogs are found outside the areas that are not protected and therefore dwindling in the last 12 years partly because of damaged habitat. With these findings, the amount of dancing frog species found so far to 24. Study was published in the Ceylon Journal of Science.

"Like a Hollywood movie, there is a sense of joy and also sad. On the one hand, we found this beautiful frog. Yet 80% are found outside protected areas and in some places, as if nature itself was crying," said Sathyabhama Das Biju, a scientist who led the research of Delhi University.

This small frog can be easily swept the river in the mountains. While the breeding season occurs only once in the water when the river receded, said Biju.
"Compared to other frogs, these species are very sensitive to habitat so that any change will get worse."

"In 2006, there were approximately 400 to 500 head of breeding season. Yet every year on the wane and even very difficult to capture 100 though," he added. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC]
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