Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Blue-eyed Bush Frog

When id decided to go photographing in the Sharavathi region of the Western Ghats, the Blue-eyed Bush Frog Philautus neelanethrus now known as the Coorg Yellow Bush Frog Raorchestes luteolus was amongst the top of my species list.

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Blue-eyed Bush Frog Philautus Neelanethrus


This species features under the 'endangered' category in the IUCN list of endangered species and is endemic to India. The bright blue ring running around its protruding eyes is what gives the frog its common name, its scientific name neelanthrus mean 'blue eyes' in Sanskrit. This species is considered a 'new' species as it was discovered only in 2007.

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Blue-eyed Bush Frog Philautus Neelanethrus on a leaf

The blue-eyed bush frog avoids barren lands and areas involving human activity such as agricultural fields or urbanisation.
The main threats to this species are loss of habitat due to building of dams and conversation of forests to agricultural land.

EQUIPMENT USED:
Nikon D3S
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Nikon SB-700 speedlight


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