Latest Decline in amphibian populations Stories
Amphibian declines around the world have forced many species to the brink of extinction, are much more complex than realized and have multiple causes that are still not fully understood, researchers conclude in a new report.
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.
In nature, ultraviolet radiation from sunlight is not the amphibian killer scientists once suspected.
Scientists have unraveled the dynamics of a deadly disease that is wiping out amphibian populations across the globe.
Scientists broadly agree that global warming may threaten the survival of many plant and animal species; but global warming did not kill the Monteverde golden toad, an often cited example of climate-triggered extinction, says a new study.
Atrazine, one of the world's most widely used pesticides, wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, emasculating three-quarters of them and turning one in 10 into females.
Midwife toads that live in the mountains are highly likely to die from a serious fungal infection, called chytridiomycosis, whereas their infected relatives in the lowlands are not.
Most countries throughout the world participate in the $40-million-per-year culinary trade of frog legs in some way, with 75 percent of frog legs consumed in France, Belgium and the United States.
Everyone knows that frogs are in trouble and that some species have disappeared, but a recent analysis of Central American frog surveys shows the situation is worse than had been thought.
The worldâ€™s leading amphibian experts have come together and for the first time identified two major conservation initiatives to protect the amphibians of the world from becoming extinct.
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