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Purple frog
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Sooglossidae
Genus: Nasikabatrachus
Biju & Bossuyt, 2003
Binomial name
Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis
Biju & Bossuyt, 2003
Distribution of Nasikabatrachus (in black)

The Purple frog, Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis, is a frog species in the family Sooglossidae.[1] It lives in the Western Ghats in India. Common names for this species are Indian purple frog, pignose frog or doughnut frog. It was discovered by S.D. Biju and F. Bossyut in October 2003.

This frog's body is shaped similarly to that of most frogs. It is somewhat rounded. It has a small head and an unusual pointed snout. Adults are typically dark purple in color. Its cry sounds more like one from a chicken.

The frog spends most of the year underground. It comes out only for about two weeks, during the monsoon. This is to mate.

Unlike many other digging species of frogs that feed above the ground, this species eats underground. They feed mainly on termites using their tongue.


  1. Frost, Darrel R. 2006. Amphibian Species of the World: an online reference. Version 4.0 (17 August 2006). Electronic Database [1]. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.