- A team of scientists from Delhi University and the Wildlife Institute of India, in collaboration with researchers from Indonesia and the US, have discovered a new species frog from Assam in Northeast India.
- The frog belongs to the microhylid genus Micryletta. Micryletta is a group of narrow-mouthed frogs that is primarily and widely distributed in Southeast Asia. They are commonly known as paddy frogs.
- The new species of the frog has been named Micryletta aishani (derived from the Sanskrit word ‘aishani’ or aisani meaning northeast).
- The first known species of this genus was first described from Sumatra in Indonesia. Currently, there are only four recognised species in this group. Micryletta aishani has become the fifth.
- According to scientists, Micryletta aishani is currently endemic to Northeast India. However, they could also be present in neighbouring regions of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
- Micryletta aishani has features which makes it different from other paddy frogs. These characteristics include a) reddish-brown colouration on back, b) prominent dark streaks and ash-grey mottling on the lateral sides, c) shape of the snout, and d) absence of web on its feet
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