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Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis

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Many cases of overexploitation of amphibian species remain poorly documented because exploitation and consumption happen at very local scales. Recent work by Thomas & Biju (2015) extensively documents tadpole consumption in the endangered purple frog, Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis – the sole species of the Nasikabatrachidae described in 2003. At a single study site in the Western Ghats of India, thousands of tadpoles were harvested per year, as well as adults. While potentially sustainable, the combination of heavy exploitation with annual variation in monsoon rains likely have a long-term negative impact on this threatened and biologically unique species.

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