Finally, fruits of all the hard fieldwork in India (see enclosed photo) have being harvested with a paper pushed to Animal Conservation. This literary gem reports number of cryptic species in the frog genus Indirana endemic to Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot. The results high-light the fact the number of vertebrate species in World’s biodiversity hotspots is still likely to be grossly underestimated, and that the current species delimitations may be of little use for making sensible management decisions: what appears to one species might turn out to be number of cryptic and largely allopatric species.
Nair A., S.V. Gopalan, S. George, K.S. Kumar, A.G.F. Teacher & J. Merilä.
High cryptic diversity of endemic Indirana frogs in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot. Animal Conservation, in press.