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Myristica Swamp Treefrog recorded for the first time

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  • December 14, 2020
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Myristica Swamp Treefrog recorded for the first time

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment; biodiversity

In news

  • Myristica swamp treefrog, has been recorded for the first time in the Vazhachal Reserve Forest in Kerala’s Thrissur district.
  • It is a rare arboreal species endemic to the Western Ghats.

Important value addition

  • Scientific name: Mercurana myristicapalustris.
  • These frogs are rare and elusive for the reason that they are arboreal and active only for a few weeks during their breeding season.
  • During this season, there is a large aggregation of males that descend from the high canopy of the trees.
  • The males vocalise in groups from the low perches in the swamps.
  • They exhibit unique breeding behaviour.
  • The breeding season, unlike for other frogs, starts in the pre-monsoon season (May) and ends before the monsoon.

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