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.