New species of tree frog Ghatixalus magnus discovered in Idukki district of Kerala

Ghatixalus magnus belongs to Rhacophorid tree frog of the genus Ghatixalus and was named as due to its large size. It is the biggest known tree frog from the Western Ghats.

Created On: Nov 26, 2015 15:00 ISTModified On: Nov 26, 2015 14:54 IST

During the field work in southern part of Western Ghats, a team of researchers discovered a new species of tree frog named Ghatixalus magnus. It was discovered from Kadalar in the high ranges of Idukki district in the Western Ghats of Kerala.

The frog belongs to Rhacophorid tree frog of the genus Ghatixalus. It was named as Ghatixalus magnus due to its large size making it the biggest known tree frog from the Western Ghats.
The discovery was published in November 2015 issue of International Taxonomic Journal Zootaxa.


Its discovery was a joint effort by a team comprising of Robin Abraham, a researcher from the University of Kansas, USA; Anil Zachariah, a batrachologist from Wayanad and Vivek Philip Cyriac, a researcher, of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram.

Beside Ghatixalus magnus, the team also rediscovered a species of bush frog, named Raorchestes flaviventris from the High Ranges of Idukki district in Kerala. The rediscovered species that belongs to species of Rhacophorid bush frog had been evading for past 132 years.

Raorchestes flaviventris that described from the Western Ghats by George Albert Boulenger in 1882 was never been reported from the region since its description.

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