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Purple Frog: To be designated as Kerala’s state amphibian

Posted on : 17 Dec 2019

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  • Purple frog could be soon designated as Kerala’s state amphibian. Purple Frog is also known as Maveli frog or Pignose Frog.
  • It is almost round in shape as compared to other flattened frogs. Compared to other frogs it has a small head and an unusual pointed snout (muzzle).
  • For almost its entire life it lives in underground tunnels and comes out to surface for only a single day in a year to breed.
  • They were thought to be limited to south of the Palghat Gap in Western Ghats, but are now known to be quite widely distributed in Western Ghats.
  • The frog should rightly be called ‘living fossil’ as it is believed that they have co-existed with dinosaurs almost 70 million years ago.
  • Its conservation status is endangered as per International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   

Article Related Questions

  1. Purple Frog which was in news recently, in regard to that consider the following statements
    1.It is endemic to Western Ghats
    2.For almost its entire life it lives in underground tunnels and comes out to surface for only a single day in a year to breed.
    3.Its conservation status is Vulnerable as per IUCN.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 and 2 only


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