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Ashish Thomas MSc
  • Researcher
  • EDGE Fellow Alumnus
[General description section]

Ashish has completed his masters from University of Delhi and is now doing a PhD in Systematics Lab University of Delhi. As an EDGE fellow, he is working on one of the most bizarre and fascinating frog – Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis. The discovery of this frog is one of the most remarkable find of this century for both scientists and the general public. Much has been written about the excitement generated by this discovery and the frog itself but an unfortunate fact is that the species is listed in the ‘endangered’ category according to the IUCN Redlist of threatened amphibians. The species is facing increasing anthropogenic threats in its habitat. Conservation actions are obviously an urgent requirement. Meaningful conservation actions, however, can only be proposed when basic information about the target species is available. Unfortunately, this is one area that is lacking in the case of the purple frog. 

Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis has evaded scientific attention for a long time. The secretive nature of this frog makes research a challenging task- it stays as deep down as 16 feet underground for eleven months of a year. But then such challenges only increase the level of excitement in gaining knowledge! As part of his EDGE fellowship, Ashish is focused on gathering primary information about this species. The areas he is currently concentrating on are tadpole development with emphasis on habitat requirements and threats faced at this stage, distribution range combined with molecular studies on the different populations across the Western Ghats, and ecology. The information will be extremely vital in planning and implementing conservation strategies.

Department of Environmental Studies
University of Delhi
Position within organisation

PhD Student

ZSL, EDGE Fellowship programme: EDGE Fellow Alumni

This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species

Relevant species

Described in 2003, this species is the sole member of the first new frog family to be discovered since 1926!

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Associated Blog Posts
27th May 10
The Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a flagship species for conservation in India. Its distribution is restricted to two states in peninsular In...  Read

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