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Cane Toad Caught Trying To Eat A Bat
2013-09-25 04:20:50

[ Watch the Video: Cane Toad Couldn't Stomach This Bat ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Talk about a Kodak moment – a park ranger working in the Peruvian rainforest managed to capture a picture of a cane toad attempting to dine on a bat, complete with the airborne rodent’s wings sticking out of its mouth. According to Phil Torres of Rainforest Expeditions, the picture was taken by park ranger Yufani Olaya at a remote guard station in Cerros de Amotape...

Tiny Frog Hears With Mouth
2013-09-03 08:37:46

[ Watch the Video: Gardiner's Frogs Use Their Mouths To Hear ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists had long assumed the Gardiner’s frog was deaf due to its lack of a middle ear. After further investigation and some X-ray images, however, they have now discovered that the frog species from the Seychelles Islands is capable of hearing through tiny bones in their mouths. Unlike other auditory systems common in a broad majority of living organisms, the...

2013-08-19 10:31:31

From frogs to humans, selecting a mate is complicated.  Females of many species judge suitors based on many indicators of health or parenting potential. But it can be difficult for males to produce multiple signals that demonstrate these qualities simultaneously. In a study of gray tree frogs, a team of University of Minnesota researchers discovered that females prefer males whose calls reflect the ability to multitask effectively.  In this species (Hyla chrysoscelis) males produce...

Wind And Rain Spreading Pesticides Beyond Farmland
2013-07-27 07:34:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, conservationists have been warning about the potential seepage of agricultural chemicals into the ecosystem and a new report from researchers at the US Geological Survey has found evidence of pesticides in Pacific chorus frogs living miles away, but down wind, from California farmlands. The report, which was published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, supports previous research that has found evidence of...

Lost Frog In The Lost World
2013-07-17 19:17:36

AlphaGalileo Foundation Ecotourism and Conservation - Can it work? In the context of a study in the forests of Central Guyana, a team of scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden investigated this very question and by chance found a previously undiscovered species of frog that only exists in a very confined area of the so-called Iwokrama Forest. The related study was published in the scientific journal "Organisms, Diversity and Evolution". The Lost World, a famous...

Robotic Frogs Turn Boring Mating Call Into A Serenade
2013-07-15 15:24:23

University of Texas at Austin [ Watch The Video Robot Frog Attracting Potential Mate ] The 'rather bizarre' result may provide insight into how complex traits evolve by hooking together much simpler traits With the help of a robotic frog, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin and Salisbury University have discovered that two wrong mating calls can make a right for female tungara frogs. The "rather bizarre" result may be evidence not of a defect in the frog brain, but of...

2013-07-11 12:06:05

A recent U.S. Geological Survey report confirmed that the nation's amphibians, including frogs, toads and salamanders, are disappearing "at an alarming and rapid rate." A biologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that North Carolina's Southern Cricket Frog populations mirror this disturbing national trend. "It's a steady flow of bad news for amphibians," said Jonathan Perry Micancin [mih-CAN-sin], a visiting lecturer and recent Ph.D. graduate in UNC's Biology...

Hula Frog Rediscovered In Israel
2013-06-05 10:50:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Discovery of the specimen is not only important because the frog can now be taken off the International Union for Conservation of Nature´s (IUCN) extinction list; the frog also represents a lineage that was thought to have vanished, according to a report in the journal Nature...

2013-06-04 12:46:31

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 cataloged within the Discoglossus group when it was first discovered in the Hula Valley of Israel in the early 1940s. The frog was thought to have disappeared following the drying up of...

Female Lovelorn Frogs Grab The Closest Male
2013-05-20 13:16:57

BioMed Central What lures a lady frog to her lover? Good looks, the sound of his voice, the size of his pad or none of the above? After weighing up their options, female strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) bag the closest crooner they can, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers of Zoology. This seemingly short-sighted strategy turns out to be the optimal mate choice strategy for these colorful frogs. Males of the species congregate in the Costa Rican rain...


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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....

Long-Nosed Horned Frog, Megophrys nasuta
2014-08-21 11:45:09

The long-nosed horned frog is also known as the Malayan horned frog or the Malayan leaf frog. The habitat of this species is in rain forest areas, where it is cool and damp, ranging from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo. The body length of the long-nosed horned frog is around four inches. It is light to dark brown in color with camouflaged markings to blend in with the forest floor. The throat is dark in color spreading to a cream color halfway on the...

Mindanao Horned Frog, Megophrys stejnegeri
2014-08-21 10:47:27

The Mindanao horned frog, also known as the Southeast Asian horned toad, is native to the Philippines and found only on the island of Mindanao. The habitat of this frog is tropical and subtropical moist forests, near ponds and rivers. The Mindanao horned frog can be found in elevations up to 1.5 miles as long as it has an ample water supply for breeding. The Mindanao horned frog has a large head and mouth in comparison to the body. It also has pointed horn-like humps sticking out above the...

Western Clawed Frog, Xenopus, tropicalis
2014-08-21 10:26:56

The western clawed frog is also known as the tropical clawed frog and is found widespread in the regions of Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon, the Ivory coast, and surrounding areas. The habitat for the western clawed frog is moist areas in tropical and subtropical rivers, lakes, marshes, swamps, agricultural ponds, and canals. The body color of the western clawed frog is light to dark brown and covered with grey and black spots. The eyes protrude up from the head. Tubercles...

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