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Meet India’s starry dwarf frog — a species with no close relatives

HIDDEN FROM VIEW With a brown back, orange tummy and glittery bluish-white spots that help it blend in with the forest floor, the newly described starry dwarf frog (pictured) stayed hidden from scientists for centuries. A tiny new frog species discovered in tropical forests of southwest India has been one of a kind for millions of years. Palaniswamy Vijayakumar and his colleagues first spotted the new species one night in 2010 while surveying frogs and reptiles roughly 1,300 meters up in India’s Western Ghats mountain range. The frog hardly stood out — its brown back, orange belly and starlike […]

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