Latest Leiopelmatidae Stories
Researchers found that frogs became proficient at jumping before they perfected landing.
The world's most ancient frogs may soon be mined to extinction, if the New Zealand government's plans to open up a conservation area for mining go ahead.
The recent spotting of a rare species of frog breeding in New Zealand may lead to a better future for the endangered amphibian.
Scientists in New Zealand have discovered a rare, endangered frog breeding in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, near the capital of Wellington.
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...
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...
Hochstetter's Frog (Leiopelma hochstetteri), is a species of primitive frog found in New Zealand. It is one of only four species belonging to the ancient family Leiopelmatidae. It is found only in the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand, including Great Barrier Island. Although it is the largest of the four species it grows to only about 1.75 inches long, and is found in isolated pockets, in damp areas along the edges of streams. It has partially webbed feet, and atavistic...
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