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Rare convex-vented horned toad found in Tale Valley, Arunachal

Rare convex-vented horned toad found in Tale Valley, Arunachal

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Feb 2019 7:10 AM GMT

Our Correspondent

Itanagar: Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) recently found a rare convex-vented horned toad (Megophrys pachyproctus) from Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The medium-sized frog, belonging to the horned toad group, was found from Pange in Tale valley by Dr Bikramjit Sinha and Bhaskar Saikia of the ZSI, officials informed here on Wednesday.

Dr Sinha is the head of the ZSI’s Itanagar branch. Both the scientists published their finding in the recent edition of the scientific journal Records of the Zoological Survey of India. The frog was discovered in China in 1981, and since then has not been spotted anywhere, until this report was published in the journal.

The report also mentioned that Tale Valley is home to a number of rare and interesting species of frogs as the area is characterized by mixed wet evergreen tropical forests, which are ideal habitats for frogs.

“As vast areas of the State are yet unexplored due to its difficult terrain, many more such new discoveries of frogs as well as other animal groups are expected in the near future, particularly from the protected areas of the Himalayan state,” informed Dr Sinha.


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