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Image 1 - New Frog Species Discovered In New York City
2012-03-15 09:26:58

New York City has many mysteries, however this latest has scientists scratching their heads.  How did an entire species of frog - in one of the nation´s most crowded and oldest cities - go undiscovered for as long as it did? In 2009, Jeremy A. Feinberg, a doctoral candidate in ecology and evolution at Rutgers University, heard a strange single croak as he was listening for the multiple croaks of the southern leopard frog in mating season. “I started hearing these calls,...

2012-03-14 21:08:04

In the wilds of New York City – or as wild as you can get so close to skyscrapers – scientists have found a new leopard frog species that for years biologists mistook for a more widespread variety of leopard frog. While biologists regularly discover new species in remote rain forests, finding this one in the ponds and marshes of Staten Island, mainland New York and New Jersey – sometimes within view of the Statue of Liberty – is a big surprise, said the scientists...

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2008-09-30 16:05:38

Insecticide malathion initiates chain reaction that deprives tadpoles of food source, indirectly killing them at doses too small to kill them directly The latest findings of a University of Pittsburgh-based project to determine the environmental impact of routine pesticide use suggests that malathion"”the most popular insecticide in the United States"”can decimate tadpole populations by altering their food chain, according to research published in the Oct. 1 edition of Ecological...


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Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri
2014-09-16 08:16:44

The Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) is a species of aquatic frog that is native to the southern United States in Texas and New Mexico, and south through Mexico and Central America. It is also occasionally referred to as the Mexican Leopard Frog. The handle berlandieri honors the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the first biological surveys of Texas. These frogs grow up to 2.2 to 4.5 inches long. They are normally tan,...

Crawfish Frog, Rana areolata
2013-07-26 19:14:26

The Crawfish Frog (Rana areolata or Lithobates areolatus) is a medium-sized species of frog endemic to the prairies and grasslands of the central United States. Its name comes from the fact that it inhabits the burrows of crayfish for the majority of the year. The crawfish frog grows from 2.2 to 3.0 inches long. It ranges from yellow to brown in coloration, with a white ventral surface. The numerous dark brown colored spots featured on its back each have a light-colored ring around it. It...

Corsican painted frog, Discoglossus montalentii
2013-04-28 09:55:33

The Corsican painted frog is found only on the French island of Corsica in the central mountainous areas from 980 to 6,200 feet in elevation. This species lives both in still and flowing waters and is very agile leaping from rock to rock. The Corsican painted frog is a nocturnal species that will sit in shallow water with only the head above the surface. The Corsican painted frog’s slender body is smooth, shiny, and covered with small warts. This species has two distinct color patterns...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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