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New Frog Species Discovered In India

The frog, Indirana Salelkari is named after state ranger forest officer Prakash Salelkar.

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A new species of frog has been discovered in India’s Netravali forest sanctuary in South Goa in West India. 


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The frog, Indirana Salelkari, and named after state ranger forest officer Prakash Salelkar is a leaping frog that was discovered in the Tanshikar Spice Farm at Netravali (Neturlim) in the town of Sanguem Taluk. 

The frog, which is morphologically and genetically different from other species of the genus, is brown in coloration with a light colored belly and a black stripe that begins at its nose and ends behind its tympanum. It lives in riparian habitats with sub adults found under leaf litter. Males measure around 27.7mm in length while females measure slightly larger at 30.2mm in length. 

India has become a hot bed for new species discoveries in the last couple of years. More than 25 new frog species were discovered in the country in 2014 alone, proving that India is a biological hotspot. 

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John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata