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The Myristica swamp tree frog

News: Myristica swamp tree frog has been recorded for the first time north of the Shencottah gap in the Vazhachal Reserve Forest in Kerala’s Thrissur district. 

 

About the Species: bears the scientific name Mercurana myristicapalustris   

Habitat: It is a rare arboreal species endemic to the Western Ghats. 

 Characteristics 

  • Features: These are arboreal species who spend the majority of their lives in trees. ex. squirrels, monkeys etc. 
  • Breeding Behavior:  
  • These frogs are rare and elusive for the reason that they are arboreal and active only for a few weeks during their breeding season.  
  •  The males vocalise in groups from the low perches in the swamps. They exhibit unique breeding behaviour.
  • The breeding season, unlike for other frogs, starts in the pre-monsoons season (May) and ends before the monsoon becomes fully active in June. 
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