Rara Lake Frog (Nanorana rarica)
Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 170511231
Study of the Data Deficient Rara Lake Frogs in mid western Nepal
Rara Lake Frogs (Nanorana rarica) are endemic to Nepal and have been reported only from Rara lake (2,990m asl) situated at Rara National Park, mid western Nepal.The species was described by Dubois & Matsui, 1983 as a completely new species with morphometric measurements only while the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2004) has placed it under the Data Deficient (DD) category.
The overall objectives of this project are;
1. Determine the status of N. rarica in Rara Lake along with other amphibians and extract genetic information through voucher specimen collection.
2. Gather morphometry measurement data and ecological requirement of N. rarica through the study of habitat use, food availability, natural history notes and weather parameters.
3. Collect information about the presence record of N. rarica in terrestrial habitat of Rara National Park.
4. Establish the geographical distribution of N. rarica in Rara National Park and identify key areas for conservation.
5. Identify prevailing threats to N. rarica and educate/empower local community and park officials for its conservation.
Project 170511231 location - Nepal, Asia