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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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Australian Green Tree Frog, Litoria caerulea
2014-10-01 09:27:47

The Australian Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea), known also as the Dumpy Tree Frog, White’s Tree Frog, or simple the Green Tree Frog. It is a species of tree frog endemic to Australia and New Guinea, with introduced populations in New Zealand and the United States. The species belongs to the Litoria genus. It is physiologically similar to some species of the genus, particularly the Magnificent Tree Frog (L. splendida) and the Giant Tree Frog (L. infrafrenata). This frog is larger than...

Slender Tree Frog, Litoria adelaidensis
2014-10-01 08:59:02

The Slender Tree Frog (Litoria adelaidensis) is a tree frog that is endemic to southwestern Australia. It has a very slender build, a thin and flat body with a flat and pointed snout. The dorsal surface is seen in a variety of colors, from completely brown or green, to brown with green patches. The flanks of the body have a dark brown or black stripe, which runs through the eye to the nostril; the line is much narrower between the nostril and the eye. The ventral surface is white, and the...

Green And Golden Bell Frog, Litoria aurea
2014-09-30 10:32:09

The Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea), also named the Green Bell Frog, Green and Golden Swamp Frog and Green Frog, is a ground-dwelling tree frog endemic to eastern Australia. Despite its classification and climbing abilities, it doesn’t live in trees and spends almost all of its time close to ground level. It can reach up to 4.3 inches long, making it one of Australia’s largest frogs. Its coloration is gold and green and they are voracious eaters of insects, but will also...

Mountain Stream Tree Frog, Litoria barringtonensis
2014-09-25 09:47:45

The Mountain Stream Tree Frog (Litoria barringtonensis) is a species of tree frog that is endemic to highland areas of NSW, Australia extending from the Myall Lakes region, north to around Dorrigo National Park and west to Barrington Tops National Park. This frog is a rather small tree frog measuring to about 45 millimeters in length. It is a light green to dark olive green in color on the dorsal surface and occasionally brown morphs are encountered. The thighs are a mango-yellow color and...

Booroolong Frog, Litoria booroolongensis
2014-09-25 09:40:12

The Booroolong Frog (Litoria booroolongensis) is a species of stream-dwelling frog endemic to the western slopes and ranges of New South Wales and northern Victoria. The frog can reach to about 45 millimeters long. It is normally grey, olive, or brown colored with pale spots or mottling, normally slightly warty in appearance. The flanks are grey and the dorsal surface is a cream color. The back of the thighs are a pale yellow with a few darker spots. A faint stripe runs from the nostril to...

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