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Biju, S.D. and Bocxlaer, I.V. and Giri, V.B. and Roelants, K. and Nagaraju, J. and Bossuyt, F. (2007) A new nightfrog, Nyctibatrachus minimus sp. nov.(Anura: Nyctibatrachidae): The smallest frog from India. Current Science, 93 (6). pp. 854-858. ISSN 0011-3891

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Abstract

A new nightfrog, Nyctibatrachus minimus sp. nov. (Anura: Nyctibatrachidae) is described from Kurichiyarmala in the Western Ghats, India. Its most distinctive feature is the small adult snout-vent length, averaging only 12.3 mm in adult males (N = 15), making it the smallest known frog from India. Analyses of a fragment of the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase 1 gene indicate a minimum divergence of 22% with known small-sized congeners. Miniaturization in Nyctibatrachus sp. seems to be associated with absence of webbing on toes and fingers, which may have resulted from evolutionary specialization to life in terrestrial habitats.

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Depositing User: Dr P Divakar
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 10:07
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