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infected salamander
2014-11-01 05:19:05

A deadly fungal disease is killing salamanders across Europe and biologists believe it’s only a matter of time before the fungus starts ravaging salamanders in North America, according to a new report in the journal Science.

2014-10-30 23:03:18

A deadly disease wiping out salamanders in Europe will reach the U.S.

Wood Frog Color Polymorphism
2014-09-29 03:30:38

Scientists have found amphibians worldwide are breeding earlier due to climate change, but how that affects species is just now being answered.

New Poison Dart Frog Species Discovered In Donoso, Panama
2014-09-29 03:12:01

A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call was discovered in Donoso, Panama

Adult male Barbour's forest tree frog sitting on a branch - Udzungwa Mountains - Tanzania - Africa
2014-09-08 09:24:56

An international team of researchers has found that the majority of threatened species are ‘invisible’ when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change.

2014-09-04 23:02:14

An article in the latest issue of Herpetologica discusses the results of a 3-year study that examined how salamanders use their microhabitat in order to predict their reaction to natural or human-based

Pseudophilautus poppiae
2014-08-05 03:30:16

Assistant Professor of Biology Alex Pyron has created the only large-scale biogeographic analysis of its kind.

Frog Larvae Have Developed A Defensive Response Against The Red Swamp Crayfish
2014-07-10 03:35:29

The common frog is one of the amphibians with the highest distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. It reproduces preferably in permanent areas of water where it comes into contact with the red swamp crayfish, which preys on its larvae.

European Newts Establishing In The Wild In Australia
2014-06-30 03:18:12

Once confined behind pet shop windows, the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) –a ‘controlled pest animal’ in Victoria – has made a new home in Melbourne’s peri urban fringe.

2014-05-06 23:13:32

Philadelphia area artist Steven Shachter of Wildlife Harmonies has been named a global partner of the Amphibian Survival Alliance, a leader in amphibian conservation. Philadelphia,


Latest Amphibian Reference Libraries

Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:48:48

The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, stretching from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. This frog has garnered attention by biologist over the last century due to its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism, interesting habitat associations, and relatively long-range movements. The wood frog is the state amphibian of New York. Similar to...

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, Oophaga Pumilio
2014-09-12 08:52:55

The Strawberry Poison-Dart Frog, Oophaga Pumilio or Dendrobates Pumilio, is a species of small amphibian poison dart frog located in Central America. It’s common throughout its range, which stretches from eastern central Nicaragua through Costa Rica and northwestern Panama. The species is frequently found in humid lowlands and premontane forest, but populations of large size are also found in disturbed areas such as plantations. This frog is perhaps most famous for its widespread varieties...

Mindanao Horned Frog, Megophrys stejnegeri
2014-08-21 10:47:27

The Mindanao horned frog, also known as the Southeast Asian horned toad, is native to the Philippines and found only on the island of Mindanao. The habitat of this frog is tropical and subtropical moist forests, near ponds and rivers. The Mindanao horned frog can be found in elevations up to 1.5 miles as long as it has an ample water supply for breeding. The Mindanao horned frog has a large head and mouth in comparison to the body. It also has pointed horn-like humps sticking out above the...

Caecilian
2014-01-28 12:32:06

The Sagalla caecilian (Boulengerula niedini) is a long, earthworm-like amphibian from the family Caeciliidae. The species is native to the tiny area of south-eastern Kenya called Sagalla Hill. The Sagalla caecilian has a slender body, perfect for burrowing. Its skin is extremely pigmented, lending it a brownish color with a pinkish-red hint, and white cross segments that give the appearance of grooves. They can grow up to 12 inches in length. Along with tough skin and a bony head, the...

ringed caecilian
2014-01-28 11:21:49

The Ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus) is an amphibian species and a member of the Caeciliidae family. The species is native to South America, ranging Argentina, Volivia, Columbia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The Ringed caelilian inhabits tropical or subtropical areas. Lowland forests, savannah, shrubland, grassland, pastureland, plantations and rural gardens are all habitats the species may occupy. The Ringed caecilian is known to...

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obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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