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2010-10-08 08:58:21

Common frog (Rana temporaria) populations across the UK are suffering dramatic population crashes due to infection from the emerging disease Ranavirus, reveals research published in the Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) journal Animal Conservation. Using data collected from the public by the Frog Mortality Project and Froglife, scientists from ZSL found that, on average, infected frog populations experienced an 81 per cent decline in adult frogs over a 12 year period. "Our findings show...

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2010-09-29 09:25:34

New drug treatment triggers sodium ions to regrow nerves and muscle; could extend treatment window for acute injuries Sodium gets a bad rap for contributing to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Now biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences have discovered that sodium also plays a key role in initiating a regenerative response after severe injury. The Tufts scientists have found a way to regenerate injured spinal cord and muscle by using small molecule drugs to...

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2010-09-22 09:15:00

Three long-lost species of frogs and lizards thought extinct have been re-discovered by scientists who are on a global hunt for "lost" amphibians, according to a Wednesday press release from Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG). The Cave Splayfoot Salamander, the Mount Nimba Reed Frog, and the Omaniundu Reed Frog are the three amphibians located by CI and ASG researchers, the groups are reporting. The cave-dwelling salamander, or Chiropterotriton...

2010-08-30 08:29:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Ever hear of the old tale, if you kiss a frog he will turn into a prince? This old tale may turn into a truthful reality. Frog skin is proving to have more benefits than one may think. Researchers are finding frog skin actually helps people battle infections that are antibiotic-resistant. The natural substances contained in frog skin could be a new breakthrough in antibiotics. Researchers studied the secretions from hundreds of frog skins and found over 100 antibiotic...

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2010-08-26 22:30:54

Kissing a frog won't turn it into a prince "” except in fairy tales "” but frogs may be hopping toward a real-world transformation into princely allies in humanity's battle with antibiotic-resistant infections that threaten millions of people worldwide. Scientists today reported that frog skin contains natural substances that could be the basis for a powerful new genre of antibiotics.In a report at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the team of stalwart...

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2010-08-25 09:55:00

Scientists have discovered one of the world's tiniest frogs--a microhylid that between 10.6 and 12.8 millimeters big, or roughly the size of a pea--in the forests of Borneo. The frog, which was dubbed 'Microhyla nepenthicola' after the type of plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) it called home on the Southeast Asian island, was discovered by Dr. Indraneil Das of the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Dr. Alexander Hass of the Biozentrum...

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2010-08-09 12:55:00

Conservationists are scouring the world for frog species that are thought to be extinct, but may just be hanging on. Expeditions to search for the species known as the golden toad will start in the next two months in 14 countries. Amphibians are the most threatened animals on the planet, with one third of species at risk of extinction. Many have become extinct because of a fungal disease that is carried in the waters they live in. Robin Moore, the scientist leading the project, told BBC...

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2010-08-07 10:35:00

BERKELEY "” The evolution of a group of muscled frogs scattered throughout Asia is telling geologists about the sequence of events that led to the rise of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau starting more than 55 million years ago. Scientists from Kunming, China, and the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a genetic analysis of 24 species of spiny frogs from the tribe Paini that shows how these Asian frogs evolved along with the mountains' uplift, developing hard, nubby...

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2010-08-06 14:35:00

Genetic analysis of 24 spiny frogs supports minority theory of India's collision with AsiaThe evolution of a group of muscled frogs scattered throughout Asia is telling geologists about the sequence of events that led to the rise of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau starting more than 55 million years ago.Scientists from Kunming, China, and the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a genetic analysis of 24 species of spiny frogs from the tribe Paini that shows how these Asian...

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2010-08-03 08:21:01

Scientists track amphibian populations because these animals are sensitive to changes in their environment and can serve as "canaries in the coal mine" to give researchers early warnings about pollution or other ecological problems. But new research from North Carolina State University shows that data from the largest amphibian monitoring program in the country may have flaws that, if uncorrected, could result in overestimates of frog populations. The U.S. Geological Survey launched the North...


Latest Frog Reference Libraries

Western Toad, Anaxyrus Boreas
2014-08-29 10:52:14

The Western Toad, Anaxyrus boreas, or more commonly known as Bufo boreas, is a large toad species of western North America. It grows to between 5.6 and 13 centimeters long. It has a white or cream colored dorsal stripe, and is dusky gray or greenish dorsally with skin glands concentrated within the dark blotches. Its parotoid glands are oval shaped, widely separated, and larger than the upper eyelids. It features a mottled venter and horizontal pupils but it lacks cranial crests. Compared...

Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad, Atelopus Varius
2014-08-29 09:49:13

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...

Archey’s Frog, Leiopelma archeyi
2014-08-27 09:54:56

Archey’s frog (Leiopelma archeyi) is one of three or four living species within the Leiopelma genus, which holds frogs that are native to New Zealand. This species can only be found along the Coromandel Peninsula and because it has not changed much throughout the past two hundred million years, it is considered to be a living fossil. Little is known about the habits of Archey’s frog, but it is known to be terrestrial, inhabiting damp areas at high elevations. It is thought that males...

Maud Island Frog, Leiopelma pakeka
2014-08-22 10:38:14

The Maud Island frog is native to New Zealand, first discovered in the 1940’s. Originally classified as the same species as the Hamilton’s frog, it was reclassified in 1998 as its own species. The Maud Island frog is one of the oldest species known. It has been in existence for roughly 200 million years. In 2006, 60 Maud Island frogs were introduced to a predator free sanctuary. Thirty others were also released outside the sanctuary for comparison. In February 2008, 13 juvenile frogs...

Palawan Horned Frog, Megophrys ligayae
2014-08-21 11:52:00

The Palawan horned frog is native to the Philippines where the habitat is tropical or subtropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, moist shrub land, and rivers. Habitat loss is a contributing factor in the reduction of the population of this species. It is listed as endangered on the IUCN list. The color of this species is a light brown or grey with two ridges running down the back and a dark triangular patch behind the dark brown eyes. It has a large and wide head with a pointed snout....

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