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2008-05-20 16:22:23

When our distant ancestors were making their way out from the water, they had to evolve a way to lay their eggs on land. Now a tree frog could help shed light on this mysterious, pivotal moment in history. This little yellow Panamanian amphibian is the first known vertebrate that can lay its eggs both in water and on land. The researchers looked at the hourglass treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus), which is also known as the pantless treefrog because part of its leg lacks color....

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2008-05-12 11:05:00

Most female frogs don't call; most lack or have only rudimentary vocal cords. A typical female selects a mate from a chorus of males and then "“ silently "“ signals her beau. But the female concave-eared torrent frog, Odorrana tormota, has a more direct method of declaring her interest: She emits a high-pitched chirp that to the human ear sounds like that of a bird.This is one of several unusual frog-related findings reported this week in the journal Nature.O. tormota lives in a...

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2008-04-16 16:50:00

Researchers found more than 65 animal species killed along a short stretch of roads in a Midwestern county. Nearly 95 percent of the total dead were frogs and other amphibians, suggesting that road-related death, or road-kill, possibly contributes to their worldwide decline, a trend that has concerned and puzzled scientists for decades. The Purdue University study found that habitat along roadsides heavily influences road-kill. More than 75 percent of the carcasses originated alongside a...

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2008-03-31 00:25:00

Researchers at the Memphis Zoo hope to be able battle the dwindling population of endangered Mississippi Gopher Frogs by using in-vitro fertilization. Only about 100 adult Mississippi gopher frogs remain in the wild. Their primary habitats are found in two shallow, temporary ponds in Harrison County, Mississippi, but the zoo has become home to 94 developing tadpoles being kept in an off-exhibit area. "We are very excited about this scientific breakthrough at the Memphis Zoo," said Dr. Andy...

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2007-08-24 11:15:00

ST. LOUIS -- Kermit the Frog might be recruited, along with governments, corporations, and philanthropists, to help in a worldwide effort to stem the deaths of frog populations around the world. Next week, leaders of the world's zoos and aquariums meeting in Budapest, Hungary, will discuss the logistics of the frog-saving effort, dubbed Amphibian Ark. Members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums will discuss who's going to take which species for safekeeping and breeding. The plan...

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2007-02-15 03:00:00

By DORIE TURNER ATLANTA - Ponds and swamps are becoming eerily silent. The familiar melody of ribbits, croaks and chirps is disappearing as a mysterious killer fungus wipes out frog populations around the globe, a phenomenon likened to the extinction of dinosaurs. Scientists from around the world are meeting Thursday and Friday in Atlanta to organize a worldwide effort to stem the deaths by asking zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens to take in threatened frogs until the fungus can be...

2006-12-19 08:37:48

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee County Zoo workers are trying to help scientists slow the spread of a fungus that has killed millions of frogs and expunged species. Chytrid has moved rapidly through the frog population in the Caribbean and Central America, killing nearly every croaker who contracts it. Scientists have been unable to stop the spread of disease even as amphibians' deaths tip ecosystems out of balance. At the Milwaukee County Zoo, three workers are collecting, disinfecting and...

2006-11-01 06:01:54

STOCKTON, Mo. _ In the cold of the night . . . That's where you'll find Jason Kuessner following Ozarks tradition once fall arrives. Much the same as his grandfather and father before him, he knows that the crisp, see-your-breath weather of autumn signals it's time to head into the dark and go fishing. It's time to flip the switch on the boat lights that illuminate the bottom of a clear-water Ozarks stream and go sucker gigging. "When I tell some people that I'm going gigging, they...

2006-02-23 01:46:44

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian researchers have discovered a natural mosquito repellent in the smelly secretions of green tree frogs. Researchers at James Cook University in the tropical northern Queensland state and at the University of Adelaide found that chemicals released through the skin of the frogs produces a pungent smell that wards off mosquitoes. "The smell is just not very good. Some smell of rotting flesh, some of nuts, some of thyme leaves," researcher Craig Williams...

2006-02-23 01:45:00

CANBERRA -- Australian researchers have discovered a natural mosquito repellent in the smelly secretions of green tree frogs. Researchers at James Cook University in the tropical northern Queensland state and at the University of Adelaide found that chemicals released through the skin of the frogs produces a pungent smell that wards off mosquitoes. "The smell is just not very good. Some smell of rotting flesh, some of nuts, some of thyme leaves," researcher Craig Williams told the Australian...


Latest Frogs Reference Libraries

Angola River Frog, Amietia angolensis
2013-07-26 11:26:11

The Angola River Frog (Amietia angolensis) known also as the Common River Frog, is a species of frog belonging to the Pyxicephalidae family. It was previously placed in the Ranidae family. It is located in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and possibly Namibia. Its natural habitats are tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests, tropical or subtropical...

Micro Frog, Microbatrachella Capensis
2013-07-16 12:33:22

The Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis) is a minute species of frog belonging to the Pyxicephalidae family, in the monotypic genus Microbatrachella. At about .71 inches long, it is one of the smallest regional species. Its color varies from rufous brown with dark mottling, to tan or green, depending on the population. It is native to the south-western Cape area of South Africa, with a single population located on the Cape Flats of Cape Town and a series of populations on the eastern...

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