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Smallest species of frogs in China assigned to new clade

Smallest species of frogs in China assigned to new clade

Amphibians, New Species January 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Scientists from Kunming Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences confirmed the discovery of the rare frog that can breed without the help of water, as well as new species of reptiles on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.  The smallest frogs known to reside in China, an adult Liurana frog is 3-cm long at most, while a Liurana medogensis is less than 2 cm. The frogs live around moss in forests over 3,000 meters above sea level.  

New species of bird discovered in India, revealed by its song

New species of bird discovered in India, revealed by its song

Birds, New Species January 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China.  During fieldwork in the mountains, researchers noticed that thrushes in the forests sang much more musically than those on the rocky peaks. They then discovered physical and genetic differences as well, and have now declared the known “plain-backed thrush” to be two distinct species.  The mountain-dwelling variety has been re-christened the “alpine thrush”.     The Himalayan Forest Thrush Zoothera salimalii, Dulongjiang, Yunnan province, China, June 2014. Credit: Photo: Per Alström