New Species of Plants and Animals Discovered

New frog species takes historical name of Goa

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Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Fejervarya goemchi

Mains level: Biodiversity of India and ways to conserve it

Attaching Goa’s name to wildlife

  1. In the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa, scientists have identified a new species of frog called Fejervarya goemchi
  2. The new species is named after the historical name of the state of Goa where the species is discovered

Unique features

  1. In monsoons, many of these large-sized terrestrial frogs sit next to water bodies making calls to attract females for mating and breeding
  2. Most of these frogs are terrestrial but they need water bodies to continue for survival
  3. The new species is found in the high elevation areas of laterite plateaus, temporary water bodies and paddy fields of Goa
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