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2009-03-02 07:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for leaping forward into day light savings time, Aquarium of the Bay will preview the Pacific Tree Frog and Western Toad during its "Spring Forward: Invasion of the Land Animals" event on Sunday, March 8, 2009. Led by the Aquarium's Husbandry and Conservation departments, "Spring Forward" is a part of a series of fun and interactive events providing sneak peeks into the Aquarium's much-anticipated new exhibits opening April 4, 2009. The...

2009-02-03 12:36:40

Columbian scientists say they've discovered 10 new species of amphibians in the mountainous Tacarcuna area near the border with Panama. The newly discovered species include a spiky-skinned, orange-legged rain frog, three poison dart frogs and three glass frogs, so called because their transparent skin can reveal internal organs. The scientists, led by herpetologists from Conservation International in Colombia and ornithologists from the Ecotropico Foundation, identified approximately 60...

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2009-02-02 13:40:00

 Scientists today announced the discovery of 10 amphibians believed to be new to science, including a spiky-skinned, orange-legged rain frog, three poison dart frogs and three glass frogs, so called because their transparent skin can reveal internal organs.The species were discovered during a recent Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) expedition in Colombia's mountainous Tacarcuna area of the Darien, near the border with Panama. The expedition was led by herpetologists from Conservation...

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2009-01-29 17:33:42

Scientists have discovered a new potential for anti-skin cancer drugs using a seemingly unlikely source "“ tadpoles. Melanoma is among the deadliest form of cancer due to its uncontrolled movement. "Once the cells migrate to other parts of the body and form secondary tumors, melanoma is difficult to treat by surgery or chemotherapy and often leads to death," said Grant Wheeler, a researcher at Britain's University of East Anglia, who led the study. However, by blocking the migration of...

2009-01-22 10:16:12

An Australian scientist says an international study suggests human consumption of frog legs is now threatening the amphibians' extinction. University of Adelaide Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw said the global pattern of harvesting and the decline of wild populations of frogs appears to be following the same path set by overexploitation of the seas and the subsequent chain reaction of fisheries collapsing around the world. Frogs legs are on the menu at school cafeterias in Europe, market...

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2009-01-19 15:57:45

While reports of global warming, disease and a changing habitat endangering amphibians are familiar, conservationists are now warning that frogs might be in danger of being eaten to extinction. According to a report in New Scientist, gastronomic demand is reducing regional populations of amphibians to the point of no return. The report cites David Bickford of the National University of Singapore and his colleagues as calling for additional monitoring and regulation of the global frog meat...

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2008-11-19 14:10:00

Researchers said on Tuesday that stem cells from tiny embryos can be used to restore lost hearing and vision in animals, in what they believe is a first step toward helping people. A team of researchers repaired hearing in guinea pigs using human bone marrow stem cells, while another group grew functioning eyes in tadpoles using frog cells. Both teams said their findings help describe some of the most basic biological processes underlying the development of hearing and sight, and may help in...

2008-11-11 06:00:00

San Francisco-based Project FROG(R) will bring to life the single biggest idea in green building at the U.S. Green Building Council's 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo: commercially viable, rapidly deployable zero-energy buildings. Zero-energy has finally arrived, and it's smarter, faster and more affordable than anyone could have ever imagined. FROG Zero(TM), the world's first - and only - zero-energy building system, will be introduced at Greenbuild, where every year...

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2008-11-04 09:05:00

Boston University undergraduate Jessica Rogge and associate professor Karen Warkentin, working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's laboratories in Gamboa, Panama, discovered that frog embryos at a very early developmental stage actively respond to oxygen levels in the egg"”as reported in the Nov. 7, 2008 issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. These initial responses to the environment may be critical to the frogs' long-term survival. Red-eyed treefrogs, Agalychnis...

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2008-10-30 13:04:29

Although research has linked inbreeding with elevated rates of deformity in a wide variety of animals, a new study finds it plays no part in the high incidence of malformation among salamanders. Purdue University researchers recently examined 2,000 adult and juvenile salamanders and found that 8 percent had visible deformities, mainly consisting of missing, extra or dwarfed digits (equivalent to fingers and toes). That is double the rate of malformation found in newts, a related amphibian,...


Latest Frog Reference Libraries

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...

Argentine Horned Frog, Ceratophrys Ornata
2013-11-22 09:57:33

The Argentine Horned Frog, Ceratophrys Ornata, also known as the Argentine Wide-Mouthed Frog or Pacman frog, is the most common species of Horned frog, located in the rain forests or Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. As a voracious eater, it will attempt to swallow anything that moves close to its wide mouth, such as insects, lizards, rodents, and other frogs, even if this predator would suffocate in the process. The female frog can grow to be 6.5 inches snout to vent and the males can reach...

Littlejohn’s Tree Frog, Litoria littlejohni
2013-10-09 12:26:27

The Littlejohn’s Tree Frog (Litoria littlejohni), known also as the Heath Frog or the Orange-Bellied Tree Frog, is a species of tree frog that is native to eastern Australia from Wyong, New South Wales, to Buchan, Victoria. Measuring about 60 millimeters in length, this frog is of medium size. It is usually brown or grey-brown on the dorsal surface with many scattered darker colored flecks and spots. Often, a faint darker patch is featured on the back. A dark line extends from behind the...

Orange-Thighed Frog, Litoria xanthomera
2013-10-08 13:38:49

The Orange-Thighed Frog (Litoria xanthomera) is a tree frog that is native to a small area of tropical Queensland, Australia. It is a green frog with distinctly orange colored eyes, and is much like the Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Litoria chloris) in appearance. Reaching a length of about 5.5 centimeters, this frog is of medium size. It is slender, with a thin body, flat head, and large eyes, which are orange. The dorsal surface is green, with bright yellow feet and vocal sac, and a yellow band...

Tyler’s Tree Frog, Litoria tyleri
2013-10-08 13:30:08

Tyler’s Tree Frog (Litoria tyleri), known also as the Southern Laughing Tree Frog, is an arboreal tree frog that is native to eastern Australia. It occurs from southeast Queensland to the south coast of New South Wales. It is usually a coastal species and isn’t found inland. It is grey-brown to fawn on its dorsal surface, and a whitish yellow color on its ventral surface. The females are larger than the males and reach a maximum length of about 50 millimeters. You can see green colored...

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