New species of frog discovered in Meghalaya cave

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New species of frog discovered in Meghalaya cave

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) recently discovered a new species of frog, Amolops siju, in the South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

An Overview of the News 

  • Researchers found the frog inside a cave in Meghalaya and named it Amolops siju after the cave in which it was found.

  • Three new species of cascade frog (Amolops) were also found in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • About Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)

  • The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was established in 1916 with the objective of survey, exploration and promotion of research on various aspects of animal life in India.

  • The primary objective of the ZSI is to study and document the biodiversity of India, including the classification, distribution and abundance of animal species.

  • ZSI is responsible for preparing national and regional animal databases, which serve as important tools for conservation planning and management.

  • Apart from its research activities, ZSI also plays an important role in providing taxonomic expertise and training to researchers, students and conservationists.

  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is the administrative ministry of the ZSI, and it redefined the objectives of the ZSI in December 1987 to focus on the conservation and management of biodiversity.

Formation - 1 July 1916

Objective - Animal Classification and Conservation

Headquarters - Kolkata

Place - West Bengal, India

Director - Dr. Dhriti Banerjee

Parent Organization - Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

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