Mangaluru narrow-mouthed frog, which has been found in a small industrial region in coastal Karnataka is the latest addition to the biodiversity in Karnataka.
About the discovery :
The Mangaluru narrow-mouthed frog is more closely related to southeast Asian frogs than Indian frogs.
The industrial patch where the frogs are currently found used to be a depot for timber imported from southeast Asia; therefore, the frogs could have been accidentally introduced with timber that came from Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Has been named Microhyla kodial after the city of Mangaluru (called kodial in the Konkani language).
The frog is seen only in a small industrial region in Mangalore, where a former timber dumping yard is surrounded by seaport, petrochemical, chemical and refinery industries.