‘Mandookavani’ (Sanskrit: Mandooka – Frog, Vani – Speech) is an acoustic guide to the frogs and toads of the Western Ghats. Frogs and toads (together called anurans) have evolved to communicate vocally. Anurans produced sound by vibrating vocal chords as air is pushed over them through lungs. The sound thus produced gets amplified in a balloon like vocal sac. Each species has a unique calling pattern and hence can be used as an identification key in the field.
The Western Ghats harbors 217 species of amphibians, of which 192 are anurans. This is about 50% India’s amphibian diversity. A database of anuran vocal calls would help, not only in identification but also in understanding their behaviour and habitat requirement. Mandookavani is one such attempt to create a curated anuran call database. Apart from serving as an auditory treat, Mandookavani is intended to serve as an acoustic field guide. This is the first ever acoustic field guide on anurans in India. The first version presents call records of 70 species collected over 10 years across the Western Ghats.
Ramya Badrinath, Seshadri KS, Ramit Singal and Gururaja KV have worked immensely in collecting and curating frog call data. Mandookavaniis brought to us byGubbi Labs LLP. The CD can be purchased here – http://www.amazon.in/MANDOOKAVANI-Ramya-Badrinath/dp/819244614X/