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26 new species of frogs and insects discovered in India

delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2009 10:43 IST
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As many as 12 new species of frogs and 14 insects have been discovered by scientists across the country in 2008, according to the latest report of the Zoological Survey of India.

The new species have been discovered in 13 states across the country with most of the frogs being discovered in the Northeast.

Of the 14 new species of insects, five were discovered in various sanctuaries of Kerala.

The new species of frogs were found in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh while those new to the country have been discovered from the fringes of Neora Valley National Park in West Bengal and Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary in Haryana, says the Zoological Survey of India's recent publication "Animal Discoveries-2008".

The discoveries include a frog which changes colour and spots (Rhacophorous subansiriensis) found in the forests of Subansiri district in Arunanchal Pradesh and the diminutive frog (Philautus manipurensis) from Tumzane river in Manipur.

Chirixalus senapatiensis is another frog species that has been found from the Mabing river bed in Manipur.