Population variations in the Fungoid Frog Hylarana malabarica (Anura: Ranidae) from northern Western Ghats of India

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A. Padhye
A. Jadhav
M. Diwekar
N. Dahanukar

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Widely distributed species often show interpopulation variation. Studying such variations can be helpful in understanding contributing factors and distinguishing widespread species and species complexes. We studied six populations of Hylarana malabarica distributed along the northern Western Ghats of India using morphometric and genetic analysis. Of 24 size-adjusted morphometric characters, 14 were significantly different among populations. Hierarchical clustering and discriminant analysis of morphometric characters suggested that the six populations form at least four distinct clusters. Analysis of morphometric data was supported by genetic polymorphism data obtained by the Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) method. Since the similarity and variation observed among populations was independent of their spatial distribution, it is possible that this widely-distributed species may be a species complex.

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Padhye, A., Jadhav, A., Diwekar, M. and Dahanukar, N. 2012. Population variations in the Fungoid Frog Hylarana malabarica (Anura: Ranidae) from northern Western Ghats of India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 4, 2 (Feb. 2012), 2343–2352. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2863.2343-52.
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A. Padhye

Anand Padhye is Associate Professor of Zoology in M.E.S. Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. He is a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group of the IUCN. He has published several scientific papers on biodiversity of the northern Western Ghats.

A. Jadhav

Anushree Jadhav has completed her Masters in Biodiversity at Abasaheb Garware College, Department of Biodiversity.

M. Diwekar

Manawa Diwekar is a molecular biologist with special interests in understanding molecular evolution.

N. Dahanukar

Neelesh Dahanukar works in ecology and evolutionary biology with an emphasis on statistical and mathematical analysis.

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