Western Ghats

Uncovering the mystery of Microhyla sholigari using citizen engagement

The Western Ghats of India is known for its myriad diversity of amphibians. Frogs in particular have been hopping all over the place and one can find reports of new species being discovered almost on a monthly basis. As a case in point, over 100 species of frogs have been discovered from the Western Ghats in the last decade alone.

Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians of Western Ghats and Beyond

Amphibian population decline across the globe at an alarming rate has enthused researchers to probe for the cause. Habitat alteration including fragmentation, degradation, modification and rapid urbanization are considered to be key factors in such declines. In addition, fungal diseases, use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers are also negatively influencing the amphibian population. It is still not clear how these causalities work, individually, collectively or synergistically?

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