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BD researchers discover new frog species of thumb-size

 Science & IT Desk

 Published: 08:30 PM, 3 March 2020   Updated: 08:30 PM, 3 March 2020

Photo courtesy: Hasan Al Razi Chayan; Photo taken from Daily Star

Photo courtesy: Hasan Al Razi Chayan; Photo taken from Daily Star

Scientists have discovered a minikin frog species that size only a thumb means it can easily sit on a thumb! Recently, a group of researchers has determined the presence of such frogs which was named Raorchestes longchuanensis.  

Hasan Al Razi Chayan and Marzan Maria, two young researchers from Jagannath University, discovered the frog. They conducted the study under the guidance and direction of Sabir Bin Muzaffar, a biology professor at the University of United Arab Emirates — reports Daily Star. 

The research team went to different forests of Bangladesh last year and discovered this new species of frog –  although it was not new to science. However, it is the 50th record breed of animal in the country. Although this species of frog was found in China, it was first seen in Bangladesh.

Researchers, however, have not been able to find out exactly how many Raorchestes longchuanensis exist in this country due to their small size. They also have the ability to disguise their color, which can be ignored by anyone. As a result of their camouflaging skill and insect-like size, the exact figures did not match. 

From April to May last year, researchers collected samples of small frogs from Adampur Reserve Forest and Lawachara National Park. After conducting genetic tests and observing hundreds of scientific papers, researchers realize that this little frog is completely new and one of the smallest species of frog species. 

Researchers also conducted surveys in five forests in the country last year to look for potential new data. Frogs of the species of Raorchestes are found in the Lawachara, Satchari, Rema-Kalenga, Adampur and Latitilla forests.

The team completed writing a detailed scientific article on the discovery of this frog and made public on the last week. This paper on frogs will be published soon in the famous American journal  ZooKeys that covering many articles including zoological taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography.

Researchers have now decided to conduct more extensive research to determine the natural history and ecological significance of this frog species. They came at a time when this wildlife is in the midst of extinction. However, this discovery is expected to prevent extinction.

On the other hand, its information will be memorable for research to protect this endangered and extinct wildlife. We should all come forward to protect forests and protect wildlife.