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Traffic Harms Asturian Amphibians
2012-04-12 09:36:27

The roads are the main cause of fragmenting the habitats of many species, especially amphibians, as they cause them to be run over and a loss of genetic diversity. Furthermore, traffic harms two abundant species that represent the amphibious Asturian fauna and have been declared vulnerable in Spain: the midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) and the palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus). "But midwife toad and palmate newt populations have very different sensitivities to the effects of roads"...

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2010-01-25 07:33:01

Midwife toads that live in the mountains are highly likely to die from a serious fungal infection, called chytridiomycosis, whereas their infected relatives in the lowlands are not, according to new research published Jan. 24 in Ecology Letters. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London, the Zoological Society of London and the BiodivERsA project RACE, say their findings suggest conservationists may be able to limit the impact of the disease in the mountains by ensuring tourists...

2009-09-02 23:50:00

Early 20th century evolutionist may have discovered epigenetics A new study into the research of the renowned Lamarckian experimentalist Paul Kammerer may help to end the controversy which has engulfed his research for almost a century. The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Zoology, suggests that far from being a fraud Kammerer may have discovered the field of epigenetics, placing him decades ahead of his contemporaries. Paul Kammerer, a leading proponent of the Lamarckian...

2008-09-26 00:00:18

More than half the frogs, toads, newts and other amphibians in Europe could be wiped out in less than 50 years, British scientists said. In a report to the Zoological Society of London, researchers said Thursday that the most threatened species live in southern Europe, The Guardian reported. The Mediterranean climate is expected to become significantly hotter and drier, which is bad news for the Mallorcan midwife toad and the brook newt of Sardinia. "Amphibians are the lifeblood of many...


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Betic midwife toad, Alytes dickhilleni
2013-04-28 09:41:55

The Betic midwife toad is found around freshwater marshes, pastureland, ponds and temperate forests, mainly around eroded soils near water, open rocky landscapes, or under stones. This species inhabits several mountain ranges in the southeastern area of Spain at altitudes from 2,300 to 6,500 feet. This small species of toad measures up to 1.2 inches in total length. The skin is shiny, smooth, and contains a few large warts, with a line of white warts along the sides of the body. Behind the...

Iberian midwife toad, Alytes cisternasii
2013-03-30 08:17:41

The Iberian midwife toad is found around the Iberian Peninsula in southern and eastern Portugal, and also in western and central Spain. The elevation range of this species is between 300 - 4,265 feet, but it is typically found around 2,000 feet. The Iberian midwife toad prefers dry habitats in meadows and open forests with sandy soil that grow vegetation adapted for dry regions. However, this toad relies on streams and pools for the development of the tadpoles. The Iberian midwife toad is...

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2008-09-17 12:51:35

The Majorcan Midwife Toad (Alytes muletensis), also known as the Ferreret or Mallorcan Midwife Toad, is native to the Balearic Island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea. Discovered in 1977, this species was thought to be extinct beforehand, as only fossils were collected. Still found in the wild today, the midwife toad can be more commonly seen in zoos. In the wild it is found only in mountainous regions and gorges of the Sierra de Tramuntana. It inhabits streams in limestone caverns where...

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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