Latest Atelopus varius Stories
As frogs around the world continue to disappearâ€”many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibiansâ€”one critically endangered species has received an encouraging boost.
A British film crew has captured footage of a rare Panamanian golden frog waving, wrestling and courting for the first time.
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.
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The Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad, Atelopus varius, known also as the clown frog, is a neo-tropical true toad belonging to the family Bufonidae. Ranging once from Costa Rica to Panama, A. varius is currently listed as critically endangered and has been decreased to a single remnant population near Quepos, Costa Rica and is assumed to be extinct within Panama. Some recent variation in the air temperature, precipitation, stream flow patterns, and the following spread of a pathogenic...
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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