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Frog Species Rediscovered After 30 Years – in Trash

The Silent Valley tropical frog (Micrixalus thampii) was rediscovered in India’s Western Ghats after 30 years of being missing, by a researcher who just happened to look in a trash bin. Robin Moore, from Conservation International, was staying in a remote field station during a research trip and accidentally found the small frog in the container. Later an Indian research team found several in scattered leaves on a forest floor.

The station is located in the Silent Valley National Park (see video below). This park has over 900 species of flowering plants, 34 species of mammals, and over 700 insects. It is mountainous and forested, with at least 12 species of important trees. Also it is prime habitat for amphibians and snakes because of the rainfall, vegetation, streams and a river that runs through it: ‘The Silent Valley is virtually a botanist’s treasure-trove. The flora of the valley include about a 1000 species of flowering plants, 107 species of orchids, 100 ferns and fern allies, 200 liverworts, 75 lichens and about 200 algae.”  (Source:

Mr. Moore is part of CI’s efforts to find lost frogs around the planet, and was a team member for the project in India. The Western Ghats are a large forested and mountainous area, where many new species of frogs are discovered. The Zoological Survey of India, the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment are among the institutions collaborating in the frog research project. A huge number of amphibians around the world are threatened with extinction.

Image Credit: Conservation International

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7:53PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Just like India...

10:20AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thanks Jake.

8:30PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Is this a good thing?

7:14AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Talk about destiny. A researcher found it? Who just happened to know about frogs? This is amazing!

7:07AM PST on Mar 4, 2011


7:05PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Wow, just wow.

5:17AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

Thank goodness something has resurected!!

8:24PM PST on Feb 28, 2011

Feeling very happy.Thanks.

3:34PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Brilliant news!

9:08AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

Perhaps we can encourage them to eat our leftovers!
I'm glad the have been so resilient and survived!

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