Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Strange Purple Frog

Wow! Look at this really weird looking purple frog! This chubby, seven-centimeter frog was found hopping around the Western Ghats, a range of hills in India. It is called Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis. It's name is derived from the Sanskrit word for nose (nasika); batrachus, meaning frog; and Sahyadri, the name for its mountain home.

According to DNA analysis, this little purple blob once shared the same ancestor as a family of frogs in the Seychelles called Sooglossidae 130 million years ago when the planet's landmasses were joined together into a giant supercontinent called Gondwana. It was originally believed that this relative of the Sooglossidae was extinct, but now they have been found and they are different in appearance than expected.

From this page.

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