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Thought to have been extinct for over 50 years, the Hula painted frog recently came bounding out of the desert and into the hands of an Israeli park ranger.
The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years and turns out to be a unique "living fossil," without close relatives among other living frogs.
The Hula painted frog was considered extinct by the IUCN since 1996. Very little is known about the species because very few specimens have been found. In 1940 two adults and two tadpoles were collected but the smaller one was eaten by the larger one, and the tadpoles were lost. A single Hula painted frog was found in 1955 which was the last record of this specimen. The extinction of this species is said to be the result of the draining of lake Hula and its marshes in the 1950’s. Only...
The Corsican painted frog is found only on the French island of Corsica in the central mountainous areas from 980 to 6,200 feet in elevation. This species lives both in still and flowing waters and is very agile leaping from rock to rock. The Corsican painted frog is a nocturnal species that will sit in shallow water with only the head above the surface. The Corsican painted frog’s slender body is smooth, shiny, and covered with small warts. This species has two distinct color patterns...
The Spanish painted frog is found in Spain in and around rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, meadows, and pastures. This species thrives where there are limestone or gypsum soils at sea level up to 6,500 feet in elevation. The Spanish painted frog is a medium-sized frog that has a dark colored body with spots or stripes. The belly of this species is pale white or yellow. The skin is smooth with two lines of skin from behind the eyes running the length of the body. These lines are glands...
The Iberian Painted Frog (Discoglossus galganoi), is found in Portugal and Spain. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, sandy shores, arable land, and pastureland. It is threatened by habitat loss. Photo Copyright and Credit
The Tyrrhenian Painted Frog (Discoglossus sardus), is a species of frog in the Discoglossidae family. It is found in France and Italy. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marches. It is threatened by habitat loss. Photo Copyright and Credit
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