A new species of legless amphibian found
February 23, 2012 | 10 comments
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Scientists have discovered a new species of legless amphibian in the monsoon soaked soil of India.
The find was made by a team of biologists who have spent the last five years exploring the Indian rainforest. "This is a major hot spot of biological diversity, but one of the least explored," said professor Sathyabhama Das Biju. Unfortunately the area of tropical forest where these amphibians live is currently under threat, scientists hope that by using the local language to name the new species they can increase awareness and help the locals understand the importance of this find and of other potential finds in the future.
But this legless amphibian's time in obscurity has ended, thanks to an intrepid team of biologists led by University of Delhi professor Sathyabhama Das Biju. Over five years of digging through forest beds in the rain, the team has identified an entirely new family of amphibians – called chikilidae – endemic to the region but with ancient links to Africa.
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