Assam: New species of frog discovered in Cachar district
GUWAHATI: A new species of frog has been discovered in Cachar district of Assam by a team of scientists from the University of Delhi and Wildlife Institute of India, in collaboration with researchers from Indonesia and the USA, according to a report by TOI.
The frog belongs to the microhylid genus Micryletta from the northeast.
These frogs are commonly known as paddy frogs and were originally described from Sumatra, Indonesia.
This species of frogs were described as a new species after performing a detailed comparison of both DNA and morphology with all known similar species across Southeast and East Asia.
The new species has been named ‘aishani,’ derived from the Sanskrit word ‘aishani’ or ‘aisani’ meaning northeast where this frog was discovered.
The frog has reddish-brown coloration on the back, prominent dark streaks and ash-grey mottling on the lateral sides, shape of snout and no web on its feet.
Paddy frogs | TOI