Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
Status and diversity of anurans (Anuran: Frogs and Toads) in Barkatullah University Campus, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Central India
Author(s): Amit Kotwal, Rajni Raina, Ashwani Wanganeo
Abstract: A survey was conducted during monsoon season of 2015 to know the status and diversity of anurans at Barkatullah University Campus. Seven species of anurans belonging to 3 families (Bufonidae, Dicroglossidae, and Microhylidae) were recorded during the study period. Family Dicroglossidae contributed maximum number of species (5 species) in comparison to family Microhylidae and Bufonidae (1 species each). Bufo melanostictus and Fejervarya limnocharis were mostly sighted on the whole campus in comparison to rarely sighted Sphaerotheca breviceps of family Dicroglossidae. Among toads Bufo melanostictus was frequently observed. Mortality due to anthropogenic pressure (primarily vehicular killings) has been found to be the main threat for these species. Present investigation emphasizes conduction of mass awareness programs regarding the conservation of these species.