2015 | VOLUME 32

Research Article

Comparative osteology of anuran genera in the Western Ghats, Peninsular India

S. R. Chandramouligreen envelope, Sushil Kumar Dutta

Pages: 67-81

Diversity of skeletal characters in 10 genera of anurans representing nine families from the Western Ghats of peninsular India is investigated. The osteology of each of these genera is described and characters are compared among the genera. The analysis reveals that some pairs of genera resemble one another osteologically and that this morphological similarity seems to be congruent with their published phylogenetic relationships. In addition, a pattern of microhabitat-related clustering was observed; other observed patterns are discussed and avenues for further research are advocated.

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Published: 30 November 2015