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Four new species of burrowing frog, from Western Ghats India

Four new species of burrowing frog, from Western Ghats India

Amphibians, New Species June 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

Of the 40-odd species of frogs that belong to genus Fejerverya, only one was previously known to have a burrowing lifestyle – the Rufescent Burrowing Frog.  After sampling populations of frogs in parts of the Western Ghats that looked similar to the Rufescent Burrowing Frog, scientists identified four different species entirely – based on differences in DNA, physical appearance and variations in their calls. These new species are the Neilcox Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya neilcoxi), the Manoharan Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya manoharani), the CEPF Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya cepfi) and the Kadar Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya kadar).  

Species of sunflower, a tassle flower, discovered in Eastern Ghats, India

Species of sunflower, a tassle flower, discovered in Eastern Ghats, India

New Species, Plants May 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

The new species, ‘Emilia reddyi’, is found on Galikonda hill of the Eastern Ghats near Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district.  

A New Genus species of diplurid Spider from northeast India

A New Genus species of diplurid Spider from northeast India

Arachnids, New Species May 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

The collected specimen differs from all known species and genera from Asia. A detailed comparison of museum material was used to conclude that the specimen is a new species; a new genus is proposed.

Almost blind, albino crab discovered in deep cave in Northeast India

Almost blind, albino crab discovered in deep cave in Northeast India

Crustaceans, New Species April 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm

India’s eighth longest cave in Meghalaya has revealed on almost blind, albino crab that had to date remained hidden in the darkest corners of the 7.3 km long cave.

Tree climbing crab discovered in India

Tree climbing crab discovered in India

Crustaceans, New Species April 20, 2017 at 11:47 am

A striking new species of crab has been found living in tree-holes high above the ground. The animal, which fits in the palm of a human hand, has a deep bluish black body that stands out against the tree bark that it prowls for worms and seeds to eat.  

A new species of gecko from India’s Satpura Tiger Reserve

A new species of gecko from India’s Satpura Tiger Reserve

New Species, Reptiles April 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

About the size of a human palm, the reptile was not easy to find: It’s active at night, dwells on vertical cliffs, and looks a lot like its close relatives.

A large colorful species of sardine, discovered in west India fish markets.

A large colorful species of sardine, discovered in west India fish markets.

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery April 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

The new species, Amblygaster indiana sp. nov., is described from 12 specimens collected from fish landing centers and fish markets at Eraviputhenthurai, west coast of India.

A fish with a short snout

A fish with a short snout

Fish, New Species March 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

A new fish has been discovered from Assam’s Dima Hasao district by a three member fish specialist’s team from North Eastern states of Manipur and Assam.   See also Garra robertsi, sp. nov.

Seven new species of night frogs, some of the smallest known frogs in the world

Seven new species of night frogs, some of the smallest known frogs in the world

Amphibians, New Species February 24, 2017 at 9:25 am

Seven new frog species have been discovered in the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  The new frog species belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs.  Out of the seven newly discovered frog species, four are miniature-sized species which are among the smallest known frogs in the world, frogs which could comfortably sit on a coin or a thumbnail. See also New Species Discovery: A Doting Frog Father

Forgotten museum specimen and field study of birdsong leads to discovery of new bird species

Forgotten museum specimen and field study of birdsong leads to discovery of new bird species

Birds, New Species January 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

A museum specimens forgotten for 120 years in a cabinet at the Trivandrum Natural History Museum lead to the field discovery of a new species of bird, in the coastal mountain chain of islands in the southwest of India.  Two new genera are described from revised species analysis, Western Ghats shortwings as Sholicola and the laughing thrushes as Montecincla.

New Ginger species with medicinal properties found in Andaman Islands, India

New Ginger species with medicinal properties found in Andaman Islands, India

New Species, Plants January 25, 2017 at 12:34 am

The species Zingiber pseudosquarrosum, new to science was already used by the local Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups ( PVTGs) of the Andamans for its medicinal values.  During an expedition to north and middle Andaman, one of local guides, who was a Nicobarese, shared his traditional knowledge about this species, which was so far hidden from science.  After collecting and systematically analysing the species, scientists found that the new species indeed possesses ethno-medicinal uses. “The fresh extract [juice] of fleshy tuberous roots is used to treat abdominal pain and anti-helminthic troubles by Nicobarese and certain other tribal communities.

A new species of snakehead from northeastern India

A new species of snakehead from northeastern India

Fish, New Species January 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

A new species of Channa from the Poma River (Brahmaputra River basin) in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India is described.

A new day gecko from India

A new day gecko from India

New Species, Reptiles December 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Cnemaspis flaviventralis, a new species of day gecko, is described from the forests of Amboli, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra State, northern Western Ghats, India.

A frog discovered with the help of citizen scientists

A frog discovered with the help of citizen scientists

Amphibians, Citizen Science, New Species December 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Working with amateur researchers scientists from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment have discovered a new species of frog, in the southwest coastal region of India.  The frog was first identified through its call, sounding very much like a kingfisher.  The frog belongs to a group known as “skittering frogs,” because of their habit of floating on water and skittering away when disturbed.  

Two New Species of Ground Dwelling Geckos from Southern India

Two New Species of Ground Dwelling Geckos from Southern India

New Species, Reptiles November 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Two new species of nocturnal ground dwelling geckos have been discovered in the Mysore Plateau of Southern India.

Two new jumping spiders from India

Two new jumping spiders from India

Arachnids, New Species November 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Dhruv Prajapati, 23, who is pursuing PhD from Sacred Heart College, Kochi in Kerala, in the field of arachnology (study of spiders and related species), has discovered two new species of spiders in Gujarat, India.

Two species of Raorchestes tree frog discovered in the cloud forests of southern India

Two species of Raorchestes tree frog discovered in the cloud forests of southern India

Amphibians, New Species November 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Raorchestes silentvalley or Silent Valley bushfrog is a species of tree frog endemic to the Nilgiri Hills of southern India and belongs to the species-rich Asian genus Raorchestes. This trees frogs have been found to have a very restricted distribution on the southwestern slopes of the Nilgiri Hills cloud forests in the Silent Valley National Park, southern India. Raorchestes lechiya. Photo David V. Raju

Another new species of loach from NE India

Another new species of loach from NE India

Fish, New Species November 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

A new fish species belonging to genus Physoschistura has been discovered from Lohit River in the easternmost part of the state at Walong,  Anjaw district by a survey team of Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre of the Zoological Survey of India.

A new pika species identified in the Himalaya

A new pika species identified in the Himalaya

Mammals, New Species September 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

A new study based on genetic data and skull measurements has identified a new species of pika high up in the Sikkim Himalaya.  The species is morphologically similar to Moupinpika, it is actually very distinct from the former from a genetic and ecological perspective.  

A new species of Geckoella from India

A new species of Geckoella from India

New Species, Reptiles September 24, 2016 at 8:33 am

A distinctive new species of ground dwelling lizard of the genus Cyrtodactylus is described from India. The new species is a member of the subgenus Geckoella, which are small ground-dwelling geckos that are largely found in leaf litter in forests.