Researchers Discover 55 Herpeto-fauna Species In Manas National Park
A team from Manas , consisting of researchers from the
The green tree frog, bubble nest frog, twin spotted tree frog, blue fan-throated lizard, water monitor lizard, king cobra and pope's pit viper are some of the species present in this park, said officials.
As per a statement issued by a park official, some of the species discovered are of immense scientific interest. The species in the Indian part of Manas reflects Indian, Indo-Malayan, and Indo-Chinese elements.
"Habitat patches in Lotajhar and Doimari inside Manas National Park were found to be particularly rich in forest species, while grassland-wetland areas such as Kuribeel in the Bansbari Range were identified as the park's critical turtle habitat," the official said.
The survey results would help them push for declaring trans-boundary Manas a World Heritage Site, said Wildlife Institute of India (WII) director V B Mathur. According to WII herpetologist Abhijit Das, the survey indicated the herpeto-fauna biodiversity of the Manas landscape.
The Indian portion of Manas is already a Unesco World Heritage Site and it forms a contiguous biodiversity landscape with Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) in Bhutan. As the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO focuses on trans-boundary conservation, the training of frontline staff in both the Indian and Bhutan sections is extremely important.