Lost Amphibians of India (LAI) initiative rediscovers five species of frogs

The Anamalai Dot-frog
Sachin Rai

The Anamalai Dot-frog, named after the Anamalai hills in the southern Western Ghats, was last seen in 1937.

Scientists from the University of Delhi and other researchers who collaborated with them in the LAI program have rediscovered five species of frogs previously believed to have been extinct. The rediscovered species are: Chalazodes Bubble-nest Frog (Raorchestes chalazodes), last reported 137 years ago; Anamalai Dot-frog (Ramanella anamalaiensis), last reported 74 years ago; Dehradun Stream frog (Amolops chakrataensis), last seen 26 years ago; Silent Valley tropical frog (Micrixalus thampii), last seen 31 years ago; and Elegant tropical frog (Micrixalus elegans), last seen 74 years ago. S.D Biju is the co-ordinator of the LAI initiative.

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