Latest Decline in amphibian populations Stories
A new study demonstrates that the richer the biodiversity of amphibian species living in a pond, the more protection that ecosystem has against parasitic infections.
In addition to the stresses placed on amphibians, or perhaps because of them, they are now more likely to succumb to debilitating infectious diseases.
Increases in the diversity of parasites that attack amphibians cause a decrease in the infection success rate of virulent parasites, including one that causes malformed limbs and premature death.
According to a new study, the fungal infection killing amphibians around the world is causing deadly dehydration in frogs in the wild.
Known for its distinctive "ribbit" call, the noisy Pacific chorus frog is a potent carrier of a deadly amphibian disease.
According to new research, tropical regions with the richest diversity are most at risk of losing frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.
Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, and their declines far exceed those of other animal groups: more than 30% of all species are listed as threatened according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Researchers at Oregon State University have shown for the first time that loss of biodiversity may be contributing to a fungal infection that is killing amphibians around the world, and provides more evidence for why biodiversity is important to many ecosystems.
There's a crisis among the world's amphibiansâ€”about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.