A frog with a funny face

Main report: N.bhupathi', a frog with the face of a pig
(The Hindu)
Other Reporting: National Geographic, amphibiaweb.org, ResearchGate
Scientific Paper: Alytes   
New Taxa: Nasikabatrachus bhupathi
Categories: Amphibians | New Species

Nasikabatrachus bhupathi is soiled-dwelling species of purple frog. It inhabits the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats.  The discovery is significant as it constitutes additional evidence in favour of the theory of continental drift.  The Purple frog is an inhabitant of Seychelles, and the discovery of Bhupathy’s purple frog in India suggests that the Indian subcontinent was part of the ancient landmass of Gondwana before splitting from Seychelles 65 million years ago.

Nasikabatrachus bhupathi | Photo Credit: Janani S. J.

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