Check List 9(2): 400-404, doi: 10.15560/9.2.400
Anurans of Bhitarkanika mangroves, Odisha, east coast of India
expand article infoS.C. Jena, S.K. Palita§, M.K. Mahapatra|
‡ Brahmani College, India§ Kendrapara Autonomous College, India| Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, India
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Anurans of Bhitarkanika National Park, the second largest viable mangrove ecosystem measuring 141.44 km2 on the east coast of India, are understudied. This paper presents a comprehensive list of anuran species encountered in and around the protected area. Visual Encounter Surveys during the rainy and winter season in four sites yielded a total of 14 species belonging to five families. Of these, eight species were new records from Bhitarkanika National Park, belonging to the families Bufonidae (Duttaphrynus stomaticus), Dicroglossidae (Euphlyctis hexadactylus, Fejervarya cancrivora, Fejervarya syhadrensis, Hoplobatrachus crassus, Sphaerotheca rolandae), Microhylidae (Microhyla ornata) and Ranidae (Hylarana tytleri). Sightings of Sphaerotheca rolandae, Hylarana tytleri and Duttaphrynus stomaticus were very few in number. All other species found were well represented throughout the study area. Scope for future suggested studies is emphasized.