Minervarya Pentali

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  • August 5, 2021
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Minervarya Pentali

Part of: GS Prelims and GS -III – Biodiversity 

In news A team of Delhi University (DU) researchers has discovered a new frog species and has named it after former DU Vice-Chancellor and plant geneticist Deepak Pental.

About the new frog species 

  • Minervarya Pentali, was discovered from the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot at multiple localities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • This new species is endemic to the southern Western Ghats.
  • This species is also among the smallest known Minervarya frogs.
  • It belongs to the family Dicroglossidae. 
  • The new species was identified on the basis of multiple criteria including “external morphology, DNA and calling pattern.” 
  • The study was funded by DU, Department of Science and Technology (DoST), CSIR, Critical Ecosystem partnership Fund from the US, and Global Wildlife Conservation in the US.
  • Minervarya sahyadris is a species of frog that is also endemic to Western Ghats of India. 
  • Its IUCN status is Endangered.

News Source: IE

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