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28 April 2011

NEW GENUS OF FROGS FROM SRI LANKA


A new genus (Taruga, Family Rhacophoridae) was proposed for foam-nesting tree frogs previously assigned to Polypedates and living in Sri Lanka.  All the species in the genus (T. eques, T. fastigo and T. longinasus) have restricted distributions mostly in the forested highlands of Sri Lanka.
Adults in the new genus are easily distinguished from adult Polypedates by having a very much acute head, possessing prominent cone-like projections around the cloacal opening, and a straighter supratympanic fold. Taruga tadpoles, among other diagnostic characters, have just an opening between legs and tail, without forming a tube, thus contrasting with Polypedates larvae, which have such tube.
The nameTaruga comes from Sanskrit, meaning "one who climbs trees", making allusion to the arboreal life habits in these frogs.
The original description can be downloaded from: Taruga, New Genus

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