07 Sep '12, 7pm

Tiny new frog discovered in India bypasses the free-swimming tadpole stage

Tiny new frog discovered in India bypasses the free-swimming tadpole stage

mongabay.com September 07, 2012 A tiny new frog species has been discovered in the rainforests of India's Western Ghats. The frog, named the Kakachi Shrub frog (Raorchestes kakachi ), is endemic to the the region. It is described in the journal Zootaxa . Raorchestes kakachi males attain a length of 2.5 cm (1 inch), while females can reach a length of 3.5 cm. Frogs of the Raorchestes are notable for bypassing the free-swimming tadpole stage of metamorphosis. The tadpole metamorphoses into frog inside the egg, avoiding the need for water. Raorchestes kakachi (a) male (b) female. Courtesy of Seshadri Raorchestes kakachi is the 183rd amphibian described from the Western Ghats. A number of previously unknown frogs have been described in India in recent years, many of which are at risk from habitat loss and other threats, according to Kadaba Shamanna Seshadri, an ecologist with ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0907-western-ghats-frog.html

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