<p><strong>A unique "catcall" inspired the name of the meowing night frog (pictured), one of 12 new species of frogs found recently in western <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/india-guide/">India</a>, a new study says.</strong></p><p>The 1.4-inch (3.5-centimeter) frog <em>Nyctibatrachus poocha</em>—"poocha" meaning "domestic cat" in the local Indian language—has a "secretive lifestyle," hiding out inside rock crevices in the states of Western Ghats-Kerala and Tamil Nadu, said <a href="http://frogindia.org/people.htm">Biju Das</a>, a biologist at the University of Delhi.</p><p>Between 1994 and 2010, Das and colleagues scoured forests along Indian's western coast for nocturnal, stream-dwelling frogs in the poorly studied genus <em>Nyctibatrachus.</em> In addition to revealing the 12 new species, the team rediscovered 3 species thought extinct, according to the study, published September 15 in the journal<em> <a href="http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/">Zootaxa</a>.</em></p><p>(See <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/pictures/110217-extinct-frogs-species-science-amphibians-lost/">pictures of more "extinct" frogs found recently in India</a>.)</p><p><em>—Christine Dell'Amore</em></p>

Meowing Night Frog

A unique "catcall" inspired the name of the meowing night frog (pictured), one of 12 new species of frogs found recently in western India, a new study says.

The 1.4-inch (3.5-centimeter) frog Nyctibatrachus poocha—"poocha" meaning "domestic cat" in the local Indian language—has a "secretive lifestyle," hiding out inside rock crevices in the states of Western Ghats-Kerala and Tamil Nadu, said Biju Das, a biologist at the University of Delhi.

Between 1994 and 2010, Das and colleagues scoured forests along Indian's western coast for nocturnal, stream-dwelling frogs in the poorly studied genus Nyctibatrachus. In addition to revealing the 12 new species, the team rediscovered 3 species thought extinct, according to the study, published September 15 in the journal Zootaxa.

(See pictures of more "extinct" frogs found recently in India.)

—Christine Dell'Amore

Photograph courtesy Biju Das

Pictures: Meowing Night Frog, Other New Species Found

Twelve new species of night frogs—plus three "lost" species—have been discovered in western India, a new study says.

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