Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Species in news: Polypedates bengalensis


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Polypedates bengalensis

Mains level : NA

  • Researchers have recorded a new species of tree frog in West Bengal.

Polypedates bengalensis

  • The new species has been named Brown Blotched Bengal Tree Frog (Polypedates bengalensis).
  • The name is derived from a series of six to nine dark brown blotches that extend laterally from behind the frog’s eye to the vent.
  • The frog’s body colour is yellowish-brown to greenish-brown.
  • The frogs were seen perched on vegetation, including bamboo, banana and taro leaves, and were calling from a height of 1.2-1.8 m above ground, over stagnant waters bodies that were mostly rainwater pools.
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