New frog species named ‘Indirana Salelkari’ discovered in Goa

Wildlife researchers have discovered new frog species in Netravali forest sanctuary of Goa.

The discovered species has been christened as ‘Indirana Salelkari’ after Netravali Range Forest Officer Prakash Salelkar for his contribution to conservation of wildlife.

It was discovered by team of researchers consisting of Nikhil Modak, Ninad Gosavi, Neelesh Dahanukar and Anand D Padhye.

Indirana Salelkari has distinguished combination of morphological and genetically characters which are different from other known species of the genus. They belong to species of caecilians (legless amphibians).

Its habitat is generally occupied in nearby riparian habitats of Goa’s Netravali forest sanctuary.

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