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New Species Of Frog Found In Panama Dyes Fingers Yellow
2012-05-23 08:09:41

A new bright yellow frog species has been found in the mountains of western Panama. The frog belongs to a species-rich group of frogs, the so called rainfrogs that lack a tadpole stage, but develop directly as little frogs inside the egg. The frog, that measures less than 2 cm, was discovered by Andreas Hertz and his colleagues, who are reptile and amphibian specialists at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main; Germany. They discovered it in 2010 during several field...

Deadly Fungus Causing Dehydration In Wild Frogs
2012-04-27 04:47:07

According to a new study, the fungal infection killing amphibians around the world is causing deadly dehydration in frogs in the wild. The scientists say that high levels of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the fungus known as the culprit behind the death of the frogs, disrupts fluid and electrolyte balance in the frogs.  As a result, the amphibians' sodium and potassium levels are depleted, causing cardiac arrest and death. San Francisco State University biologist Vance...

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2010-11-17 14:00:00

As frogs around the world continue to disappear"”many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibians"”one critically endangered species has received an encouraging boost. Although the La Loma tree frog, Hyloscirtus colymba, is notoriously difficult to care for in captivity, the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project is the first to successfully breed this species. "We are some of the first researchers to attempt...

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2008-10-17 11:00:00

Streams that once sang with the croaks, chirps and ribbits of dozens of frog species have gone silent. They're victims of a fungus that's decimating amphibian populations worldwide. Such catastrophic declines have been documented for more than a decade, but until recently scientists knew little about how the loss of frogs alters the larger ecosystem. A University of Georgia study that is the first to comprehensively examine an ecosystem before and after an amphibian population decline has...

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2008-09-11 11:34:56

Researchers announced on Tuesday the rediscovery of a tiny frog species in a remote area of Australia's tropical north thought by many experts to be extinct. Having gone unseen since 1991, the 1.5 inch-long Armoured Mistfrog, was thought to have been wiped out by a devastating fungus that struck northern Queensland state, experts said. But professor Ross Alford, head of a research team on threatened frogs at the university, said two months ago a doctoral student at James Cook University in...

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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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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...

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...


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Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae
2014-07-31 10:47:16

The Tasmanian Tree Frog (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is located on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name King Tree Frog is also used regarding this species. As a moderately sized tree frog, the Tasmanian Tree Frog measures up to about 60 millimeters long. It can be a light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form usually has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form frequently has light or dark brown patches. A thin...

Blue Mountains Tree Frog
2014-06-30 14:42:19

The Blue Mountains Tree Frog (Litoria citropa) is a species of tree frog that is endemic to the coastal and highland areas of eastern Australia, from just south of Newcastle NSW, to eastern VIC. The Jenolan Caves Tree Frog, a population previously separated as L. jenolanensis, is nowadays included in this species. This tree frog is of moderate size, up to about 60 millimeters long. Its dorsal surface is brown with a few darker colored flecks. There is a dark stripe that extends from the...

Dahl’s Aquatic Frog, Litoria dahlii
2014-06-30 14:37:21

Dahl’s Aquatic Frog (Litoria dahlii) is a species of frog belonging to the family Hylidae. It is native to Australia. Its natural habitats include dry savanna, tropical or subtropical dry lowland grassland, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. Among the more distinct traits of Dahl’s Aquatic Frog is its ability to consume the eggs, tadpoles and young of the invasive and venomous Cane Toad with no apparent ill...

Bleating Tree Frog, Litoria dentata
2014-06-30 14:33:50

The Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata) is a tree frog belonging to the family Hylidae. This frog is native to coastal eastern Australia, from southeastern Queensland, to around Eden, New South Wales. As it is a small frog, it measures up to 45 millimeters long. The dorsal surface of this frog is a dark or pale, rich brown, with broad and irregular bands on each side of the frog starting from the back of the eye. A dark colored stripe extends from the snout, through the eye, and onto the...

Brown Tree Frog, Litoria ewingii
2014-05-26 13:45:47

The Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingii) is a species of tree frog endemic to most of southern Victoria, eastern South Australia, southern New South Wales, throughout Tasmania, including Bass Strait Islands, where it is the most frequently encountered frog in that state. It has been introduced to New Zealand, where it can be locally abundant. This frog can reach 45 millimeters long. It is pale to dark brown on the dorsal surface, with a broad darker patch starting at the eyes and covering...

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