First footage of purple frog!

One of our focal EDGE amphibians – the purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) – has been caught on camera for the first time by EDGE-affiliated researcher Dr. Sathyabhama Das Biju and his team at the University of Delhi.


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Supported by EDGE at the Zoological Society of London and generous funding from the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, the purple frog is receiving conservation attention across its range as a result of a collaborative project.

When the purple frog was discovered in 2003 by Dr. Biju (then of the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute in Kerala) and Dr. Franky Bossuyt (Free University of Brussels, Belgium) it was a global news story – the first new family of amphibians to be discovered since 1926!  The BBC described this exciting new frog thus:

Its head appears too small for its body and it looks more like a squat, grumpy blob than a living creature.

During a research trip in the summer of 2008, Dr. S.D. Biju and his team at the University of Delhi filmed the purple frog going about its daily business.  Although it spends most of its time up to 4m underground burrowing for termites, this amazing footage represents a rare glimpse of the species above ground.  It surfaces only to breed during the monsoon.  Chirruping away like a tiny, purple terrier, this footage exclusively reveals the purple frog running around (not hopping) and calling for mates.

We hope that increased awareness of the purple frog will guarantee its survival in the wild.  The footage has been aired today on the BBC, with an interview with EDGE Amphibians coordinator Helen Meredith occurring on BBC 24 World News, and is on the BBC website here.

To support the conservation of this unusual and threatened frog you can become an EDGE Champion, or donate here.


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  1. on January 8th, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Aaahh it’s so cute!

  2. Luke.S said,

    on January 8th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Amazing creatures

  3. Megan Parish said,

    on January 8th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Wow – that is awesome! I love the way he waddles about and squeeks like a bath-toy :o)

  4. Budda said,

    on January 11th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Evolution is a beautiful process.

  5. on January 23rd, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    This little guy appears really different from the frogs we know. His head is not only small for his body size, but has a much more pointed nose. And of course the color is terrific!

  6. Anonymous said,

    on April 16th, 2009 at 7:24 pm


  7. Anonymous said,

    on June 15th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    how can you say that thing is cute

  8. Anonymous said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    that is so cool!!! and it sounds like a chicken

  9. luke.m.s said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    that is one awesome creature!! and it sounds like a chicken

  10. on December 10th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Completely I share your opinion. In it something is also idea good, I support.

  11. ayush said,

    on May 10th, 2011 at 9:37 pm


    the way it runs

    yet it looks animated to me


    is that true

  12. hungry man said,

    on May 18th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    it sounds like chicken but does it taste like chicken?

  13. Jeff said,

    on May 20th, 2013 at 3:51 am

    If I looked like that I’d spend most of my time underground as well.

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