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2011-04-05 13:58:53

Researchers have discovered that a green algae invades tiny developing salamander embryos. The team from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada was the first to document a case of a plant living in partnership with a vertebrate. The researchers think that the salamanders might inherit the algae from their parents. The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was already known that green algae lived inside the eggs of the spotted salamander species, which...

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2010-11-17 06:00:00

Scientists searching for frogs thought to be extinct have instead discovered three new species in Colombia, including two toads and a poisonous rocket frog. All three of the new species are tiny, and are primarily active in daytime "“ a highly uncharacteristic trait for amphibians. Although the conservation scientists failed to re-discover the intended target of the Colombian search, the Mesopotamia beaked toad, they were overjoyed to discover the three new species. "After spending...

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2009-11-03 14:18:43

MU researchers find clear-cutting is harmful to the terrestrial stage of amphibians Frogs are croaking in clear-cut forests, but not exactly in their traditional manner. University of Missouri researchers found that removing all of the trees from a section of the forest had a negative effect on amphibians during their later life cycles, but had some positive effects during amphibians' aquatic larva stages at the beginning of their lives. To lessen the negative effects during the later life...

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2009-02-10 13:09:28

Most common salamanders in cloud forest have nearly disappeared The decline of amphibian populations worldwide has been documented primarily in frogs, but salamander populations also appear to have plummeted, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists. By comparing tropical salamander populations in Central America today with results of surveys conducted between 1969 and 1978, UC Berkeley researchers have found that populations of many of the commonest...

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2008-10-28 14:29:18

A new study found that amphibian populations at Yellowstone National Park are in steep decline. Researchers point to climate change, which is causing the wetlands where animals breed and live to dry out. The park, which stretches over 9,000 sq km in the western U.S., shares land in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. U.S. congress granted Yellowstone national park status on 1 March 1872. The park's vast forests and grasslands are also home to grizzly bears, wolves and bison. However, all eyes are on...

2008-10-22 18:00:15

A U.S. study of amphibians suggests diversity itself might lower the chances of developing parasitic infections. The University of Colorado at Boulder study showed American toads who lived with gray tree frogs reduced their chances of parasitic infections known to cause limb malformations. Researchers say their findings have strong implications for the benefits of biodiversity on emerging wildlife diseases. The scientists said their experiments showed when toad tadpoles were raised in...

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2008-10-22 11:30:19

Reducing the number of deer in forests and parks may unexpectedly reduce the number of reptiles, amphibians and insects in that area, new research suggests. A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University and National Park Service found that higher deer activity is modifying forest ecosystems in unexpected ways. Out of several species of snakes, salamanders, and invertebrates studied, a greater diversity of animals were found in areas with deer populations than were in areas with no...

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2008-09-30 16:05:38

Insecticide malathion initiates chain reaction that deprives tadpoles of food source, indirectly killing them at doses too small to kill them directly The latest findings of a University of Pittsburgh-based project to determine the environmental impact of routine pesticide use suggests that malathion"”the most popular insecticide in the United States"”can decimate tadpole populations by altering their food chain, according to research published in the Oct. 1 edition of Ecological...

2008-09-26 00:00:18

More than half the frogs, toads, newts and other amphibians in Europe could be wiped out in less than 50 years, British scientists said. In a report to the Zoological Society of London, researchers said Thursday that the most threatened species live in southern Europe, The Guardian reported. The Mediterranean climate is expected to become significantly hotter and drier, which is bad news for the Mallorcan midwife toad and the brook newt of Sardinia. "Amphibians are the lifeblood of many...


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2008-09-17 12:31:51

The Two-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma means), is a snake-like salamander find primarily in southeastern Unites States. The range extends from southeastern Virginia to Florida, and west to Louisiana. The habitat is coastal plains where they can be found in acidic waters of swamps, bayous, and sometimes drainage ditch. This salamander is commonly, but incorrectly, called Congo Snake, Congo Eel or Blind Eel. This salamander grows to about 36 inches long. It has four legs that end with two or three...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'