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Amphibian abnormalities are caused by numerous etiologies prevailing in the environment. Since amphibians are good bio indicators of the environment, amphibian abnormalities are popularly known as a veritable ecological screening tool to assess ecosystem health. The present study was carried out encompassing within and outside the Horton Plains National Park areas, from January to November 2017. Distribution of amphibian morphological abnormalities were assessed in and around the five lentic water bodies through gross visual encounter. Six quadrates of 1mÃ—2m were randomly placed in each sampling site. Frequency and composition of amphibian abnormalities were assessed in a total of 694 amphibians, belonging to four families and 11 species. Thereby, 4.5% and 80.87% abnormality indexes were accounted for respectively within and outside the park, comprehended surficial abnormalities, ectromelia and femoral projection abnormality types. Surficial abnormalities were the most predominant in both localities, generally occurring at the hind limb region of pre-mature stages of Taruga eques. Two lentic water bodies were identified as â€œabnormality hotspotsâ€ within and outside the Horton Plains National park; however, a multiplicity of possible combinations of potential causes of abnormalities were present in the environment. Hence, finding the exact causes of amphibian abnormalities are an extremely difficult exercise in the field.
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