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2010-07-22 09:05:48

Sometimes divers, to their own painful dismay, do belly flops. But did you ever see a frog belly flop? That's just what primitive living frogs do, according to a new study by Dr. Richard Essner, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the US, and colleagues, looking at the evolution of frog jumping and landing. They found that frogs became proficient at jumping before they perfected landing. This evolutionary split, characterized by an inability to rapidly rotate the limbs forward...

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2010-05-20 11:22:00

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 primitive Archey's frog (Leiopelma archeyi) and Hochstetter's frog (Leiopelma hochstetteri) are two of the species that inhabit the area of 'high conservation value' on New Zealand's North Island where the mining is planned to take place. Archey's frog is currently ranked top of the Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) EDGE of Existence...

2008-03-05 00:30:00

The recent spotting of a rare species of frog breeding in New Zealand may lead to a better future for the endangered amphibian. Researchers reported on Monday that they found 13 finger nail-sized Maud Island froglets on the backs of adult male frogs at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington. An estimated 40,000 Maud Island Frogs are assumed to exist. The species is known to primarily reside on Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds and on Motuara Island. "Maud Island frogs have never...

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2008-03-03 11:25:00

Scientists in New Zealand have discovered a rare, endangered frog breeding in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, near the capital of Wellington.The tiny, finger-nail sized Maud Island frogs are typically found only on two islands in the Malborough Sounds region of New Zealand's South Island.  "Maud Island frogs have never been found breeding" before, even on their home island, said Kerri Lukis, a researcher and masters candidate at Victoria University in Wellington, in an Associated Press...


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2008-05-15 12:14:30

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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