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2010-11-17 14:00:00

As frogs around the world continue to disappear"”many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibians"”one critically endangered species has received an encouraging boost. Although the La Loma tree frog, Hyloscirtus colymba, is notoriously difficult to care for in captivity, the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project is the first to successfully breed this species. "We are some of the first researchers to attempt...

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2008-02-04 09:45:00

A British film crew has captured footage of a rare Panamanian golden frog waving, wrestling and courting for the first time.The golden frog, known as Atelopus Zeteki, communicates with other frogs by semaphore in the form of gentle hand waves. Scientists believe the mechanism evolved as a way to allow the frogs to signal to rivals and mates above the noise of mountain streams.Hilary Jeffkins, senior producer of the BBC One series Life In Cold Blood, said the semaphoring behavior of the...

2006-02-06 17:41:46

By Mike Power PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A deadly fungus is creeping through Panama, killing hundreds of thousands of amphibians and putting the country's national symbol, the golden frog, at risk of extinction, scientists say. "I would say that the golden frog was already in critical danger, however, the advance of the fungus outbreak makes matters worse to a point that this species is likely to become extinct," said Roberto Ibanez, an amphibian expert at the Smithsonian Tropical...

2006-01-11 15:01:27

Please read in paragraph 8, "Canada's University of Alberta" instead of "University of Arizona." A corrected version follows. By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - An infectious fungus aggravated by global warming has killed entire populations of frogs in Central and South America and driven some species to extinction, scientists said on Wednesday. In research that showed the effects of rising temperatures on delicate ecosystems, a team of researchers found that a warming...


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2008-06-16 14:42:58

The Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki), is an endangered frog which was endemic to Panama. While the IUCN lists this species as "critically endangered", it may have become extinct in the wild since 2006. Individuals have been collected for breeding in captivity to try to preserve the species. The species was filmed for the very last time in the wild in 2007 by the BBC Natural History Unit for the series Life in Cold Blood by David Attenborough. The remaining few specimens were taken...

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