New frog species discovered for the first time in 40 years

Natural heritage: The frog was named Subaraj’s paddy frog after the late conservationist. — The Straits Times/ANN

THE quest to identify a mysterious frog first recorded along Old Upper Thomson road three years ago has led to the discovery of a whole new frog species at a Kranji site littered with trash.

The last time a frog species was discovered here was nearly 40 years ago.

The greyish-brown frog, which is barely bigger than a marble, was named Subaraj’s paddy frog (Micryletta subaraji) after the late conservationist Subaraj Rajathurai, Sankar Ananthanarayanan, president of the Herpetological Society of Singapore (HSS), said.

“Lots of places and wildlife in the region are named after colonial-era figures such as Stamford Raffles and Alfred Russel Wallace.

“It is only recently that regional scientists have become more prominent, so we wanted to name the frog after Subaraj, who was as much an inspiration to us,” added Sankar, 27.Subaraj is renowned for helping to save some of Singapore’s beloved green spaces, including the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, as well as fighting to protect the Republic’s remaining habitats amid projects such as the Cross Island Line.

“Like Subaraj, the frog, which has so far been found only in Singapore, is a priceless national and natural heritage that needs to be appreciated,” said Dr Chan Kin Onn, 38, curator of herpetology at the NUS Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. — The Straits Times/ANN

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Aseanplus News

Woman accused of killing husband in Ang Mo Kio 'of unsound mind', case put on hold
Prayut to continue as Thai PM after court rules he did not exceed tenure limit
Lorry driver charged with raping 23-year-old daughter in KL
Family drug syndicate in Brunei loses defence counsels
Ebit Lew trial: Third witness says received lewd pictures, messages from first witness
Shopee faces boycott calls in Philippines over brand ambassador Toni Gonzaga
S.Korea, US, Japan stage anti-submarine drills amid N.Korea tension
Malaysia's real GDP to grow 5.1% in 2022
Search operation called off at Gunung Senyum, missing 'victim' deemed non-existent
Britain wants closer ties with Indo-Pacific region: James Cleverly

Others Also Read