Meet a pig nosed frog!

Q.  Which pig nosed frog has been discovered by scientists recently?
- Published on 23 Aug 17

a. Nasikabatrachus bhupathi
b. Nasikabatrachus pashupathi
c. Masikabatrachus bhupathi
d. Nasikabatrachus janpathi

ANSWER: Nasikabatrachus bhupathi
Meet a pig nosed frog!According to a paper published last month in Alytes, a scientific journal devoted to the study of frogs and amphibians, Indian scientists have discovered a new species of frog that has a snout-shaped nose.

This is just like a pig’s, evoking comparisons with the Purple frog that took the world by storm when it was first discovered in 2003.

The soiled-dwelling species, discovered by scientists from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, has been named after the Indian herpetologist S. Bhupathy.

Bhupathy’s purple frog inhabits the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, near the Srivilliputhur Grizzled Giant Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

The discovery is significant as it constitutes additional evidence in favour of the theory of continental drift.

The Purple frog is an inhabitant of Seychelles, and the discovery of Bhupathy’s purple frog in India suggests that the Indian subcontinent was part of the ancient landmass of Gondwana.

This was before splitting from Seychelles 65 million years ago.

Apart from N. bhupathi, Alytes also describes the discovery of two new frog species from north-eastern India: Xenophrys sanu, a resident of the Darjeeling hills in West Bengal, and Xenophrys katabhako, found in West Bengal and Sikkim.

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