Quantcast

Latest Frog Stories

4c4d92095c7dbf5f079cda23a666a293
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...

3043ed6ab76d6ef5e057157619102f911
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...

f81dd6fcce911ac61707812b57a5f8921
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...

a45f6bc66ff74e32169390a1747092231
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...

6e53992f504810f2354a1f9f70d61890
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...

308b17efaa3a788ab7f6eaf2c3221d801
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,...

2008-10-22 18:00:15

A U.S. study of amphibians suggests diversity itself might lower the chances of developing parasitic infections. The University of Colorado at Boulder study showed American toads who lived with gray tree frogs reduced their chances of parasitic infections known to cause limb malformations. Researchers say their findings have strong implications for the benefits of biodiversity on emerging wildlife diseases. The scientists said their experiments showed when toad tadpoles were raised in...

16b2cfd8843c960a4a284d0d45f655ab1
2008-10-14 10:21:52

Scientists at the University of Idaho currently are involved in a CSI-like investigation of a killer known to have been running rampant for the past decade. But the killer's name can't be found on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Instead, it's on the minds of ecologists on every continent in the world. Its name is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). It is a "chytrid" fungus that lives on keratin, a type of protein found in the skin of amphibians, and is particularly deadly for certain species of...


Latest Frog Reference Libraries

Hairy Frog, Trichobatrachus Robustus
2014-07-31 10:55:59

The Hairy Frog, Trichobatrachus robustus, is a Central African species of frog belonging to the Arthroleptidae family. It is a monotypic species within the genus Trichobatrachus. The common name refers to the somewhat hair-like structures found on the body and the thighs of the breeding male. This species is around 11 centimeters long. The head is large and is more broad than long, with a short rounded snout. The males are much bigger than the females. The former has a paired internal...

Bleating Tree Frog, Litoria dentata
2014-06-30 14:33:50

The Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata) is a tree frog belonging to the family Hylidae. This frog is native to coastal eastern Australia, from southeastern Queensland, to around Eden, New South Wales. As it is a small frog, it measures up to 45 millimeters long. The dorsal surface of this frog is a dark or pale, rich brown, with broad and irregular bands on each side of the frog starting from the back of the eye. A dark colored stripe extends from the snout, through the eye, and onto the...

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog, Litoria fallax
2014-05-26 10:53:47

The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) is a small and very common tree frog located on the eastern coast of Australia, from around Cairns, Queensland, to around Ulladulla, New South Wales. Individuals of this species are often found somewhere else, having been accidentally relocated by transported fruit boxes. Confirmed sightings of breeding pairs have confirmed their survival in Victoria’s cooler climate. This is a small species; the females can reach a maximum size of 25 to 30...

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...

More Articles (67 articles) »
Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
Related