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Current affair diary 14/12/2020

Myristica Swamp Treefrog

√Myristica swamp treefrog, has been recorded for the first time in the Vazhachal Reserve Forest in Kerala’s Thrissur district.

√It is a rare arboreal species endemic to the Western Ghats.

√Scientific name: Mercurana myristicapalustris.

√These frogs are rare and elusive for the reason that they are arboreal and active only for a few weeks during their breeding season.

√During this season, there is a large aggregation of males that descend from the high canopy of the trees.

√The males vocalise in groups from the low perches in the swamps.

√They exhibit unique breeding behaviour.

√The breeding season, unlike for other frogs, starts in the pre-monsoon season (May) and ends before the monsoon.

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