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

Caron Lett, University of York 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. Using African amphibians as a case study, the researchers found that more than 90 percent of the species listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species are omitted by the most popular tools for species distribution modelling. The study, led by...

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 changes. (PRWEB) September 04, 2014 Herpetologica – To understand the behavioral patterns of all organisms co-existing together, we must examine our ecosystems, habitats, and even microhabitats. Even variation in climate change or human influence at small scales can ultimately have large...

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

Lauren Ingeno, George Washington University Assistant Professor of Biology Alex Pyron has created the only large-scale biogeographic analysis of its kind. There are more than 7,000 known species of amphibians that can be found in nearly every type of ecosystem on six continents. But there have been few attempts to understand exactly when and how frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians have moved across the planet throughout time. Armed with DNA sequence data, Alex Pyron, an...

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

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology 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. Research carried out by the Spaniard Germán Orizaola from the University of Uppsala (Sweden) confirms that the larvae of these frogs have developed a defensive response to the invasive species. They also...

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

Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions: ARC 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. Newts are aquatic amphibians that occur almost exclusively in the northern hemisphere, but in the scientific journal Biological Invasions, scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and the Victorian Department of...

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, PA (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 Wildlife and marine artist, Steven Shachter is pleased to announce Wildlife Harmonies, a Philadelphia-based organization that promotes the importance of protecting wildlife through illustrations, has been named a global partner of the Amphibian Survival Alliance. Through its new...

Climate Change Robs Frogs And Salamanders Of Refuge
2014-05-02 03:41:38

Sandra Hines / Lisa Hayward US Geological Survey By hightailing it to nearby ponds and shallow waterways, frogs and salamanders have – until now – had a way to evade exotic trout introduced to the West's high-mountain lakes for recreational fishing. A warming climate, however, will dry up some of the places where amphibians and their young have found refuge. Researchers in the May 1 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment write about this challenge and a novel combination...

Atelopus varius
2014-04-18 06:29:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the UK are advocating changes to the way in which threatened species are identified, due to the potential danger presented to vulnerable animal populations by the so-called “gold standard” of collecting voucher specimens for identification purposes. Ordinarily, field biologists traditionally collect those specimens to distinguish animals and/or confirm that...

Climate Change May Be Shrinking Salamanders
2014-03-26 10:53:08

[ Watch the Video: Salamanders Shrinking Due to Climate Change ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American scientists has found that salamanders living in the Appalachian Mountains have been getting smaller and smaller over the last 55 years as climate change gradually makes their habitat warmer and drier. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, the new study was based on the examination of museum specimen salamanders collected...

A Biodiversity Hotspot Of Amphibians And Reptiles Discovered In Peru
2014-02-20 13:32:29

[ Watch the Video: Tracking Biodiversity in a Global Hotspot ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biologists from several universities say Peru’s Manu National Park is the world’s top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians. Manu National Park includes the lowland Amazonian rain forest, a high-altitude cloud forest and an Andean grassland east of Cuzco. It was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve in 1977 and a World Heritage Site in 1987. The...


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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...

Mexican burrowing caecilian
2014-01-28 10:29:33

The Mexican burrowing caecilian (Dermophis mexicanus) is an amphibian species from the family Dermophiidae. The Mexican burrowing caecilian is known to inhabit Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and also in some secluded areas of the Pacific Slope. It tends to prefer habitats in subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, plantations, moist mountain forests, and rural gardens. It lives and spends most of its time burrowed in loose damp soil and under logs,...

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