Mandookavani (Sanskrit: Mandooka - Frog, Vani - Speech) is an acoustic guide to the frogs and toads of the Western Ghats. Frogs and toads (together called anurans) have evolved to communicate vocally. Anurans produced sound by vibrating vocal chords as air is pushed over them through lungs. The sound thus produced gets amplified in a balloon like vocal sac. Each species has a unique calling pattern and hence can be used as an identification key in the field.
The Western Ghats harbors 217 species of amphibians, of which 192 are anurans. This is about 50% India's amphibian diversity. A database of anuran vocal call would help, not only in identification but also in understanding their behaviour and habitat requirement. Mandookavani is one such attempt to bring to you a curated anuran call database. Apart from serving as an auditory treat, Mandookavani is intented to serve as an acoustic field guide. This is first ever acoustic field guide on anurans in India. The first version presents call records of 70 species collected over 10 years across the Western Ghats. Ramya Badrinath, Seshadri KS, Ramit Singal and Gururaja KV have worked immensely in collecting and curating frog call data. Mandookavani is brought to you by Gubbi Labs LLP.
We cordially invite you for the release of audio guide - Mandookavani: An Acoustic Guide to the Frogs and Toads of the Western Ghats.
Venue: Jaaga Startup
5/1, Penthouse 1, Rich Homes Apartment, Richmond Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Time: Between 6:30pm to 8:00pm
We once again request you to grace the occasion and make the function a success!