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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Extinct tree frogs rediscovered in India after 145 years

Tree frogs are thought to have become extinct 1 century ago was found again in India. This remarkable discovery was found by Sathyabhama Das Biju and his team in the jungle northeast India.

This discovery gives hope that the tree frogs may be found in other areas of China to Thailand. Not only that, the study of these findings make the experts have to reclassify the entire genus.
Unusually, the frogs (Frakixalus Jerdonii) feed mostly on vegetation, rather than insects or larvae. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1RAWVmE)
The frog with the size of a golf ball that live in tree holes as high as 6 meters from the ground. That is why their presence is hidden and difficult to detect. This unique species of frogs. Females do not release eggs into the water, but incubated in the tree holes containing water. When it became a tadpole, they fed 'children' with the eggs failed to hatch. Unlike other frogs that eat larvae and insects, the adult tree frogs eat the moss.

Sathyabhama Das Biju eventually known as the Frog Man of India, because he has found 89 of the 350 species of frogs.
Instead of teeth, the tadpoles have smooth mouths, to suck in the eggs they eat. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1RAWVmE)
"At that time, we heard the lovely orchestra sound were playing. There was a very magical, and when examined we found them," Biju said as quoted by the BBC on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
The tadpole's eyes are closer to the top of its head than most - possibly so it can see eggs being dropped into its tree pond at feeding time. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1RAWVmE)
After the DNA test, Biju and his colleagues say the tree frog is a new kind. In other words, the animal was entitled to a new name. Frogs were originally named Polypedates Jerdonii was then given the name of the inventor Thomas Jerdon. Jerdon is a British biologist who first discovered this species in 1870 or 145 years ago.

Now the amphibians is called Frakixalus Jerdonii - taken from the name of amphibians and reptiles expert, Frank Bossuyt, a Biju's adviser when he studied in Belgium. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC]
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