Astrobatrachus kurichiyana

Astrobatrachus kurichiyana (starry dwarf frog) was discovered in the Western Ghats in Kerala by a group of researchers on a joint US-India expedition. It was named after the indigenous people of Kurichiyarmala, the hill range where it was found.
The new species is the sole member of the subfamily Astrobatrachinae. It is closely related to species belonging to the family Nyctibatrachidae living in Western Ghats and the Lankanectinae frogs in Sri Lanka. It is dark brown frog with bright orange underbelly, speckled with pale blue dots.


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