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An arboreal frog Philautus jayarami calls for potential mates. It uses its vocal sac to amplify the calls.
An arboreal frog Philautus jayarami calls for potential mates. It uses its vocal sac to amplify the calls.

Western ghats

Along the west coast of India lies a range of mountains known as the Western Ghats. Far more ancient than the larger and better-known Himalayas in the north, the Ghats harbours a diverse and extensive range of habitats from the thorn-scrub in the drier plains to shola-grasslands in the upper reaches. These ranges are also home to many species of endangered and endemic plants and animals. As exploration continues, new species are being discovered even today, giving us an opportunity to better understand the evolutionary and ecological history of this ancient mountain range.



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