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Mahabali frog may become official amphibian of Kerala

Date: 11 November 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The purple frog, one of the rarest frog species endemic to the Western Ghats, would soon be declared as Kerala’s official amphibian.
  • The purple frog, which remains underground most of the year, is found mostly in the Kerala part of the Western Ghats. It is one of the oldest surviving species of amphibians.
  • The purple frog, scientifically called Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis is listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as its “Extent of Occurrence” is less than 5,000 km, in Cardamom hills.