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Published: 2020-08-26
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Phenotypic divergence in large sized cricket frog species that crossed the geographical barriers within peninsular India

Breeding behavior and Bioacoustics Lab, Department of Zoology, Karnatak University, Dharwad 580003, India
Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Western Regional Centre (WRC), Pune 411044
Breeding behavior and Bioacoustics Lab, Department of Zoology, Karnatak University, Dharwad 580003, India
Anura Climate change Cryptic species Eastern Ghats Fejervarya / Minervarya range extension Western Ghats


A good number of new species are being described and included in the genus Fejervarya / Minervarya from South Asia and Southeast Asia in the recent past. But, the classification or consideration of the genus Fejervarya / Minervarya is only phylogenetic, where it is difficult to morphologically identify the genus in the overlapping range of geographical distribution. Recently a large sized new species of cricket frog Fejervarya kalinga has been described, which is thought to be endemic to the Eastern Ghats (a unique geographical landscape running parallel to the East Coast of India). Here we report a morphologically variable and distinct population of F. kalinga from the Western Ghats (an amphibian diversity hotspot running parallel to the West Coast of India). We discuss the importance of genetic studies in handling such morphologically highly variable populations of the species and their adaptation to different habitats and their implications in taxonomic identity.



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