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Bengaluru | Jun 11
Meet Micryletta aishani, the new frog from the northeast that plays hide-and-seek with monsoon

The monsoon is here; humming with the pouring rain are the croaks of frogs, for it is the season of love for most of them. But not for Micryletta aishani, the newest of the frogs discovered from the state of Assam. Unlike most frogs that breed during the monsoon, this elusive frog breeds before the onset of monsoon and then goes into hiding for the rest of the year. The discovery is the result of six years of extensive fieldwork in the northeastern states of India by a team of researchers from the University of Delhi, Wildlife Institute of India, Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. 

General, Science, Ecology
Aizawl | Jun 7
Researchers describe a new genus and species of rain-loving snake from Northeast India

Researchers from NCBS, NHM, WII, Mizoram University, Pachunga University College, and IISc have documented a new genus and species of Natricine snake from Northeast India. 

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Arunachal Pradesh | May 18
After 70 long years, a new species of pitviper emerges from Arunachal Pradesh

Researchers discover a new species of pitviper in Arunachal Pradesh and name it Trimeresurus arunachalensis or the Arunachal pitviper.

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Odisha | May 14
Word on the Vine: New species of vine snake discovered in India

Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, Wayanad Wild, the Wildlife Institute of India, Nature, Environment and Wildlife Society, and the Zoological Survey of India discover a new species of vine snake Ahaetulla laudankia in Odisha, India.

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Pune | May 10
Two species of diatoms discovered in Sikkim

What do you get when a trip to Sikkim does not follow the plan, thanks to hectic schedule and unfavourable weather? It's frustration for many; an "Eureka!" moment for some! A trip, meant to meet up with fellow scientists, ended with the discovery of two new species of diatoms—Stauroneis sikkimensis and Stauroneis lepchae.

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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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