#herpingstories : Glider from the ghats!
Old world Tree frogs fall under the family Rhacophoridae and they are one of the widespread amphibian families across Asia and four species inhabitating African continent as well. They are commonly known as Asian Tree frogs and various phylogenetic studies over the period of time have erected new genera, species and currently has ~422 species.
Genus Rhacophorus showed three well supported lineages on the basis of molecular phylogenetic trees. These three major clades showed deep divergence with each other and the morphological characters of the species within the clades differed substantially. Based on these Jiang et al. in 2019 restored Leptomantis and also erected new genus Zhangixalus.
However, Distribution wise one of the clades assigned Rhacophorus covered all of Southeast Asia while others Leptomantis and Zhangixalus were rather isolated. India is home to 3 species of Zhangixalus from NorthEast and 10 species of Rhacophorids, six of them to NorthEast and four are endemic to the Wetsern ghats.
The above beautiful individual on the leaf is Rhacophorus lateralis, one of the endemic species to ghats and a species which was thought lost to science after being described by Albert Boulenger in 1883. After more than hundred years, based on the individuals from south Coorg they were re-described by Indraneil Das in 2000
Boulenger’s tree frog
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