Bufoides Bhupathyi

Bufoides Bhupathyi

News: Scientists have discovered a new species of toads named Bufoides bhupathyi.

• Bufoides bhupathyi is a toad species. It has been discovered in the Dampa tiger reserve of Mizoram.
• It is named after S Bhupathy, a prominent herpetologist who served as the principal scientist at the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore.
• It differs from other similar species in terms of colouration, skin and the presence of depressed parotid glands.
• It is currently known to exist only in the Dampa tiger reserve. Hence, it is likely to meet the criteria for being assessed as critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
• It marks the third species in a genus found in the northeastern region of India. The previous two species, Bufoides meghalayanus and Bufoides kempi were found in Meghalaya. 

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