Sunday, 6 July 2014


This is the first report of transparent tadpoles in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. These tadpoles belong to the species Microhyla ornata. The internal organs of these tadpoles are visible due to its transparent nature. The presence of these tadpoles in pools are revealed only at certain times of the day when the sun shines at a special angle. Otherwise, they are not seen and gets merged with the colour of water. The groups of tadpoles immediately sink to the bottom of the pool when disturbed. This particular species was found in a small pool in District Pithoragarh by a forest officer, Mr.Manoj Chandran IFS, who was serving as a Working Plan Officer of Pithoragarh Forest Division in the year 2011-12.

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