A rare frog species has been found in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The convex-vented horned frog species (Megophrys pachyproctus) was found by scientists of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh in 2017.
The research findings have been published in the journal ‘Records of the Zoological Survey of India’, which provides media opportunity for zoological communications dealing with taxonomy, faunistics, biology, ecology and population of any taxon, and acts as a journal of Indian Zoology.
According to Bhaskar Saikia, co-author of the journal, the Tale Valley has witnessed a significant rise in a number of frog species. Saikia also said that Xizang and Arunachal Pradesh share similar habitats and topology.
The natural habitats of conex-vented horned frog species are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and rivers. The Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh is a pristine tropical forest that receives maximum rainfall in the month of June and is the home of the rare, elusive and graceful clouded leopard. The sanctuary also houses various species of squirrels, barking deer, wild dog, wild buffalo and other vivid varieties of fauna.