‘Visibly elusive’ Bengal tree frog gets recorded as new species

News: Herpetologists have discovered a new species of tree frog from West Bengal. It has been named Brown Blotched Bengal Tree Frog (Polypedates bengalensis). Facts: About Brown Blotched Bengal Tree Frog (Polypedates bengalensis): It belongs to the genus Polypedates- a genus of tree frog found throughout South and Southeast Asia. The frog’s body colour is… Continue reading ‘Visibly elusive’ Bengal tree frog gets recorded as new species

DU scientists discover frog in Assam, name it after Northeast

A team of scientists from Delhi University and the Wildlife Institute of India, in collaboration with researchers from Indonesia and the US, have discovered a new species frog from Assam in Northeast India. The frog belongs to the microhylid genus Micryletta. Micryletta is a group of narrow-mouthed frogs that is primarily and widely distributed in… Continue reading DU scientists discover frog in Assam, name it after Northeast

Ecologists have 596 reasons to cheer

In 2018, 596 new species of flora and fauna from India have been documented by scientists and taxonomists. The details have been published by Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in the publications Plant Discoveries 2018 and Animal Discoveries 2018. Of the 596 species, 372 come under fauna (311… Continue reading Ecologists have 596 reasons to cheer

Assam produces an orchid link to the Orient

A forest officer has spotted new species orchid in Assam’s forests. The orchid is a variant of a Japanese orchid. It is India’s one of the smallest orchids in terms of size and duration of bloom to be recorded botanically. The orchid is known as Lecanorchis taiwaniana. It is a mycoheterotroph- a plant which gets… Continue reading Assam produces an orchid link to the Orient

India’s biodiversity-rich zones also ‘hotspots’ of human impacts

A study titled “Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates”, published in the journal PLOS Biology,  has reported human impacts on species occur across 84% of the earth’s surface. The study has mapped distribution of human activities in areas occupied by known 5,457 terrestrial birds, mammals, and amphibians.  The human activities taken into account… Continue reading India’s biodiversity-rich zones also ‘hotspots’ of human impacts