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Bengaluru | Mar 12
IISc researchers describe a new starry frog from the Western Ghats

An international collaboration of researchers, including two from IISc Bengaluru, have described a new starry frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana from the Western Ghats.

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Arunachal Pradesh | Feb 15
New species of non-venomous keelback snake found in Arunachal Pradesh

Recent discoveries such as a new species of burrowing eel, a new sub-subspecies of endangered hog deer and several species of frogs,

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New Delhi | Feb 14
New secretive frog species discovered in a roadside puddle in Southern India | SD Biju

The forests of the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot of India, have been revealing several new species of amphibians and reptiles in the recent years. This time, however, amphibian researchers from the University of Delhi have discovered a new frog species which was hiding in plain sight in a roadside puddle in Southern India.

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Kerala | Feb 14
Two new species of Strobilanthes discovered in the Western Ghats

Every 12 years, the landscape of the Nilgiri Hills is covered with a blanket of purplish blue hues, thanks to the flowers of Strobilanthes kunthianus or Neelakurinji. In a recent study, researchers from the Carmel College Mala, Kerala, St. Thomas College Palai, Kerala, St.

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Bengaluru | Dec 28
Image: Vignesh Kamath/ Research Matters

Over 8.7 million species are known to be found on Earth today, and many scientists believe that we have only scratched the surface.

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Mangaluru | May 22
Photo: Vineeth Kumar K

After the Microhyla laterite that was described from Manipal in 2016, scientists have found another new narrow-mouthed frog from the city centre of Mangaluru, in coastal Karnataka. 

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Coimbatore | May 11
Photo : Dr. V. J Jins

Researchers from the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, and the Natural History Museum (NHM), London, UK, discover a new species of shieldtail snake, Uropeltis Bhupathyi, from the Anaikatty Hills in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

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Bengaluru | May 8
Photo : K P Dinesh

A new species of terrestrial ‘cricket frog’ from the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats adds to the biodiversity in this region  

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Delhi | Mar 7
Photo : Uperodon variegatus by Seshadri K S

The Western Ghats in India and Sri Lanka are well known biodiversity hotspots, with a rich diversity of amphibian species. Both these regions have high density of amphibian endemism, which means that many of the species of amphibians found here are found nowhere else on Earth. Over 85% of amphibian species found in Sri Lanka are endemic, making this island nation have the highest amphibian endemism in Asia.

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Oct 27

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have described a new species of plant in Coastal Karnataka. Here the team describes the morphological features that helped them identify the plants as a separate species. They find that Reissantia sessiliflora is endemic to the region and highlight the threats faced by the plant along with the actions the public can take for its conservation.

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