To study the feeding patterns of frog-biting mosquitoes, scientist Priyanka de Silva of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka had to identify both the mosquitoes and the frogs involved. Her team collected more than a thousand of the mosquitoes, which they could identify at leisure. But identifying the frogs proved a challenge due to the lack of an updated and simple field guide on Sri Lanka’s amphibians.
De Silva and other herpetologists, under a team led by Dilan Chathuranga, wanted to have a key to the identification of amphibians, so they pored through the relevant literature and mentioned their research requirement to Anslem de Silva, the elder statesman of Sri Lanka’s herpetology community.
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