Aug 15, 2011

Q.319

A recent publication in the journal Biosystematica by a team of Indian researchers announced the discovery of ten new frog species from Western Ghats sections in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Most of these are in the genus "Raorchestes", the name being a tribute to the herpetologist Prof. C R Narayan Rao.

The frog seen in the image is one of those discovered. It’s name is Raorchestes thodai and was found around the hill station Ooty. What is "thodai" a reference to?

Image: The Hindu

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