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New Toad Discovered In 'Warm Valleys' Of Peruvian Andes
2014-01-17 11:21:45

Pensoft Publishers A new species of toad was discovered hiding in the leaf litter of the Peruvian Yungas. The word is used widely by the locals to describe ecoregion of montane rainforests, and translates as "warm valley" in English. The new species Rhinella yunga was baptized after its habitat preference. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Like many other toads of the family Bufonidae the new species Rhinella yunga has a cryptic body coloration resembling the...

2012-02-22 21:35:12

An invasive plant may have saved an iconic Australian lizard species from death at the hands of toxic cane toads, according to research published in the March issue of The American Naturalist. It's an interesting case of one invasive species preparing local predators for the arrival of another, says Richard Shine, a biologist at the University of Sydney who led the research. Cane toads were introduced in Australia in the 1930s to control beetles that destroy sugar cane crops, but the toads...

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2011-04-01 08:07:21

Although the green toad (Bufo viridis) can today be found all over Central Europe, Asia, Africa, and even on the Balearic Islands, it became extinct in the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the Early Pleistocene (1.1 million years ago). This has been demonstrated by an international research study, with Spanish participation, which has discovered the first green frog fossil in Murcia. Analysis of fossils found in the Cueva Victoria deposit in Cartagena (Murcia), has for the first time confirmed...

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2011-03-28 09:55:00

North Queensland's third annual Toad Day Out has locals in Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns hunting for the much hated cane toad. This event was founded by Shane Knuth, Queensland state MP for Dalrymple after he lost a dog to a cane toad, reports AFP. In 1935, cane toads were brought over to Australia from the Americas to help control scarab beetles that infested the sugar cane. They have grown to a population of more than 200 million, and scientists suggest that evolution is helping...

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2011-02-23 13:41:22

Scientists hope the toxic cane toad that has rampaged around northeastern Australia may at last be stopped. The cane toad, which is a native of Central America, was introduced to Australia in 1935 to kill beetles devastating sugar-cane crops, only to become a pest in its own right. However, a new investigation says the toad has an Achilles' heel. The imported anuran desperately needs access to nearby standing water in order to survive, unlike indigenous amphibians that have adapted to arid...

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2010-03-31 08:10:00

Common toads (Bufo bufo) can detect impending seismic activity and alter their behavior from breeding to evacuation mode, suggests a new study in the Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) Journal of Zoology. Researchers from The Open University reported that 96 percent of male toads in a population abandoned their breeding site five days before the earthquake that struck L'Aquila in Italy in 2009. The breeding site was located 74 km from the earthquake's epicenter. The number of paired toads...

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2010-02-21 07:25:00

Australians have discovered a new weapon in the fight against the dreaded cane toad problem plaguing the country: cat food, reports the Associated Press. According to researchers from the University of Sydney, placing a few tablespoons of cat food next to ponds in the Northern Territory attracts ferocious meat ants. When the baby cane toads come to the surface of the water, the ants turn their attention to them and attack fiercely. The attempt to wipe out the cane toad from Australia has...

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2010-01-06 11:45:33

Scientists in Australia have found that the female cane toad will expand her body if she feels a male 'isn't her type.' According to their study, AFP reports, this suggests frogs and toads may have more power over choosing their mates than we thought. More details on the study appear in the British journal Biology Letters. The mating process is actually quite interesting. The female toad will choose whichever male gives out the best call. Sounds simple enough. However, she must fight off...

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2009-03-30 07:35:00

Ecologists in Australia have discovered that cane toads are far more susceptible to being killed and eaten by meat ants than native frogs. Their research "“ published in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology "“ reveals a chink in the cane toad's armor that could help control the spread of this alien invasive species in tropical Australia. Professor Rick Shine and his colleagues Georgia Ward-Fear, Matt Greenlees and Greg Brown from the University of Sydney's...

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2008-08-28 17:20:00

A recent study suggests that cane toads may avoid certain cooler and drier regions of Australia during their migration. Scientists staged a 2m sprint event in their own laboratory "Toad Olympics". Toads from the frontline of the invasion could only hop at 0.3 km per hour at 15C, but as fast as 2km per hour at 30C, Ecography journal reports. They concluded that areas like Melbourne that are cooler and drier may not witness the massive invasion of the cane toad. Originally introduced to...


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African Red Toad, Schismaderma Carens
2013-11-22 13:31:33

The African Red Toad, Schismaderma Carens, known also as the African Split-Skin Toad, is a species of toad belonging to the family Bufonidae. It’s monotypic within the genus Schismaderma. It is located in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho. The natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, tropical or subtropical dry shrubland, tropical or subtropical moist...

Cane Toad, Bufo Marinus
2013-06-25 15:49:24

The Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) known also as the Giant Neotropical Toad or the Marine Toad, is a large and terrestrial true toad which is endemic to Central and South America, but has been introduced to various islands throughout Oceania and the Caribbean. It's a member of the subgenus Rhinella of the genus Bufo, which includes many different true toad species that are found throughout Central and South America. It is a productive breeder; the females lay single-clump spawns with thousands of...

Iberian midwife toad, Alytes cisternasii
2013-03-30 08:17:41

The Iberian midwife toad is found around the Iberian Peninsula in southern and eastern Portugal, and also in western and central Spain. The elevation range of this species is between 300 - 4,265 feet, but it is typically found around 2,000 feet. The Iberian midwife toad prefers dry habitats in meadows and open forests with sandy soil that grow vegetation adapted for dry regions. However, this toad relies on streams and pools for the development of the tadpoles. The Iberian midwife toad is...

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2008-09-17 12:48:47

The Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes), was a small toad that was once abundant in a small region of high-altitude cloud-covered tropical forests above the city of Monteverde, Costa Rica. It inhabited an area of only about 20 square miles in area. It is now extinct possibly due to climate change brought on by global warming. This species was also known as the Monteverde Golden Toad, Monte Verde Toad, Alajuela Toad and Orange Toad. Adults males measured just about 2 inches long. Unlike most...

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2008-07-25 15:24:24

The Asian Giant Toad (Bufo asper), sometimes known as the River Toad, is a large toad native to southeast Asia. It is generally a dark green, black or brown in color, and is heavily covered in tubercles. They can grow to lengths greater than 8.5 inches. Photo Copyright and Credit

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