October 15, 2021

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14 endangered amphibian species uncovered in Kerala’s Silent Valley Nationwide Park | Kochi Information

PALAKKAD: The first thorough study of reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna) in the Silent Valley Countrywide Park has identified 40 species of amphibians and 30 species of reptiles from the landscape inspite of for the duration of significant rains.
The survey was executed in the national park and its buffer zone among July 22 and 25 this year. With this, the overall reptile and amphibian fauna of Silent Valley has turn into 55 species each. Wayanad bush frog, leaping frogs, cricket frogs, Malabar vine snake and common dwelling gecko ended up between the usually noticed species.
An important observation recorded from the study was the reduced presence of torrent frogs (dancing frogs) of the genus Micrixalus. Even in elements of Kerala like Wayanad their quantities feel to have lowered write-up the 2018 and 2019 floods. Of the species recorded in the study, 14 amphibian species such as Ponmudi bush frog belong to the global union for conservation of character (IUCN) red listing of threatened species. The purple frog, which has opportunity to be the condition amphibian of Kerala, was recorded from quite a few components of the Silent Valley. .
These animals are wonderful organic indicators that can shed light into the modifying climate and surroundings. The study was carried out by Silent Valley Division in affiliation with the NGO Aranyakam Nature Basis.
Many volunteers from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences College, Kerala Forest Exploration Institute, Calicut College and Forestry Higher education participated in the survey.
The survey crew contains Wildlife Warden (Silent Valley division) Narendra Nath Veluri, chairman of Aranyakam Character Basis Dr P S Easa and assistant wildlife wardens V Ajayaghosh and A Ashalatha, amid other people.