September 24, 2022

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DU RESEARCHERS DISCOVER NEW FROG SPECIES IN WESTERN GHATS

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CONTEXT: Researchers from University of Delhi have named a newly-discovered frog species after former vice chancellor and renowned plant geneticist Prof. Deepak Pental.

Analysis:

  • The newly-discovered species, named Minervarya Pentali, is endemic to the southern Western Ghats.
  • It is also known as false Malabar gliding frog or false Malabar tree frog.
  • Habitat in two protected areas, Indira Gandhi National Park and Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.
  • IUCN Conservation status: Critically endangered
  • Threats: Habitat loss due to clearing of land for cardamom plantations and timber harvesting.

Reference: The Hindu

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