A strange little creature in the Western Ghats mountain range of India has been discovered, and it’s peculiar enough to catch the attention of the researchers there. The creature is actually a frog, although it doesn’t seem to look very close to one!
Scientists discovered this new species of purple frog that was dubbed as the Bhupathy’s purple frog (Nasikabatrachus bhupathi).
It apparently got its name from renowned Indian herpetologist, Dr Bhupathy Subramaniam, who died in an accident after slipping down a rocky path while on a research trip back in 2014.
Findings on the new species are found in the Alytes journal, as described by researchers from the American Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in India.
The frog was described to have smooth grayish skin with purple marbling, tiny beady eyes, a pig-like snout, and stumpy, fat forelimbs having a “restricted range of movement.”
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Luckily, these not-so-easy-to-find frogs were scouted out by the researchers thanks to its distinctive mating call. They spotted a few of the adults and tadpoles by using a combination of morphological, genetic, and bioacoustics data to confirm that this was indeed a new frog species.
Back in 2003, there was also a similar odd-looking pig-nosed frog that was discovered and described by the media as “one of the strangest looking frogs ever discovered”. Now though, this could most likely be challenged by its relative frog species.