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30 November 2012 Endemic Indirana Frogs of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot
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Abstract
Frogs of the genus Indirana belong to the endemic family Ranixalidae and are found exclusively in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot. Since taxonomy, biology and distribution of these frogs are still poorly understood, we conducted a comprehensive literature review of what is known on the taxonomy, morphology, life history characteristics and breeding biology of these species. Furthermore, we collected information on the geographical locations mentioned in the literature, and combined this with information from our own field surveys in order to generate detailed distribution maps for each species. Apart from serving as a useful resource for future research and conservation efforts, this review also highlights the areas where future research efforts should be focussed.
© Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board 2012
Abhilash Nair, Sujith V. Gopalan, Sanil George, K. Santhosh Kumar, Amber G. F. Teacher and Juha Merilä "Endemic Indirana Frogs of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot," Annales Zoologici Fennici 49(5), (30 November 2012). https://doi.org/10.5735/086.049.0501
Received: 25 May 2012; Accepted: 21 September 2012; Published: 30 November 2012
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