In this amazing Year of the Frog, the amphbians themselves seem to keep coming up with ways to make it exciting. There is news from India about a new discovery: the first amphibian species in Asia (a caecilian) that bears baby frogs the way humans do, not by laying eggs. Excerpt:
Scientists of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) have discovered Asia’s first amphibian species that gives birth to its young ones rather than laying eggs.
Named Gegeneophis seshachari, it was recently discovered at Baraki village near Kolhapur.
Amphibians are usually oviparous — egg-laying — but a few species are also known to be viviparous — where embryo develops inside the body of the mother like in mammals. Gegeneophis seshachari is one of the most poorly known caecilian, a legless amphibian species.
The first specimen found near Baraki village in Kolhapur district in June 2006 turned out to be a pregnant female with four well developed foetuses. After research and confirmation, it is now named gegeneophis seshachari, the viviparous. “This is the first life-bearing amphibian from India and Asia as well,” Giri said.