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A new species of Raorchestes (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from mid-elevation evergreen forests of the southern Western Ghats, India

Seshadri, KS and Gururaja, KV and Aravind, NA (2012) A new species of Raorchestes (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from mid-elevation evergreen forests of the southern Western Ghats, India. In: Zootaxa, 3410 . pp. 19-34.

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Abstract

A new species of the shrub frog genus Raorchestes Biju, Souche, Dubois, Dutta and Bossuyt is described as Raorchestes kakachi sp. nov. from Agastyamalai hill region in the southern Western Ghats, India. The small sized Raorchestes (male: 24.7–25.8 mm, n = 3 and female: 24.3–34.1 mm, n = 3) is distinguished from all other known congeners by the following suite of characters. Snout oval in dorsal view; tympanum indistinct; head wider than long; moderate webbing in feet; colour on dorsum varying from ivory to brown, blotches of dark brown on flanks, brown mottling on throat reducing towards vent; inner and outer surface of thigh, inner surface of shank and inner surface of tarsus with a distinct dark brown horizontal band which extends upto first three toes on upper surface. A detailed description, advertisement call features, ecology, natural history notes and comparison with closely related species are provided for the new species.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Magnolia Press
Keywords: Shrub frogs;Agastyamalai;Taxonomy;Acoustics;Western Ghats
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences > Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP)
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 09:53
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2012 10:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/44950

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