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A new species of legless amphibian found

February 23, 2012 | Comment icon 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.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (10)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Robbie333 10 years ago
I surely hope the Indian government gives protection to this area for these wonderful and unique animals. Everytime we think we have it all figured out, nature throws us a new and wonderful inhabinant of this planet. I hope we lean more to protecting all of this major virgin habitats around the world. We must, it is our duty.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jbefumo 10 years ago
Of course, just a matter of time before rich Japanese business criminals demand that they be on the menu - goes well with whale meat. Of course, just a matter of time before rich Japanese business criminals demand that they be on the menu - goes well with whale meat.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Neognosis 10 years ago
If you want to "protect" these species, stop buying cheap Indian goods and stop patronizing businesses that outsource cheap labor to India.
Comment icon #4 Posted by phatmanxxl 10 years ago
I guess froglegs is off the menu in this case.
Comment icon #5 Posted by terbo559 10 years ago
looks like worms to me
Comment icon #6 Posted by Englishgent 10 years ago
If you want to "protect" these species, stop buying cheap Indian goods and stop patronizing businesses that outsource cheap labor to India. Yep,,it's just not good enough. As soon as they find a new species they have it sitting behind a sewing machine making cheap goods for the West
Comment icon #7 Posted by Spectre1979 10 years ago
haha I skimmed over it too fast and read monsoon as moon!
Comment icon #8 Posted by stuntboy92 10 years ago
did anyone else think about this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_death_worm
Comment icon #9 Posted by Erix 10 years ago
looks like worms to me Read the link again, not the picture.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Robbie333 10 years ago
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/pictures/120221-limbless-amphibians-caecilians-new-species-science/


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