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New Toad Discovered In 'Warm Valleys' Of Peruvian Andes
2014-01-17 11:21:45

Pensoft Publishers A new species of toad was discovered hiding in the leaf litter of the Peruvian Yungas. The word is used widely by the locals to describe ecoregion of montane rainforests, and translates as "warm valley" in English. The new species Rhinella yunga was baptized after its habitat preference. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Like many other toads of the family Bufonidae the new species Rhinella yunga has a cryptic body coloration resembling the...

Cane Toad Caught Trying To Eat A Bat
2013-09-25 04:20:50

[ Watch the Video: Cane Toad Couldn't Stomach This Bat ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Talk about a Kodak moment – a park ranger working in the Peruvian rainforest managed to capture a picture of a cane toad attempting to dine on a bat, complete with the airborne rodent’s wings sticking out of its mouth. According to Phil Torres of Rainforest Expeditions, the picture was taken by park ranger Yufani Olaya at a remote guard station in Cerros de Amotape...

Endangered Frogs Saved By Genetic Matchmaking
2013-01-08 16:47:00

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute What if Noah got it wrong? What if he paired a male and a female animal thinking they were the same species, and then discovered they were not the same and could not produce offspring? As researchers from the Smithsonian's Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project race to save frogs from a devastating disease by breeding them in captivity, a genetic test averts mating mix-ups. At the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, project...

2012-02-22 21:35:12

An invasive plant may have saved an iconic Australian lizard species from death at the hands of toxic cane toads, according to research published in the March issue of The American Naturalist. It's an interesting case of one invasive species preparing local predators for the arrival of another, says Richard Shine, a biologist at the University of Sydney who led the research. Cane toads were introduced in Australia in the 1930s to control beetles that destroy sugar cane crops, but the toads...

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2011-07-14 10:25:00

Scientists searching the mountains of Borneo made a surprise discovery of a rainbow toad that had not been seen since 1924 by European explorers and had never been photographed until now, BBC News reports. The explorers are overjoyed with the finding of the wildly-colored frog that had not been seen in 87 years. The Bornean rainbow toad, also known as the Sambas Stream toad (Ansonia latidisca), was rediscovered on Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak by a local team of scientists...

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2011-06-14 13:16:16

Smithsonian scientists have confirmed that chytridiomycosis, a rapidly spreading amphibian disease, has reached a site near Panama's Darien region. This was the last area in the entire mountainous neotropics to be free of the disease. This is troubling news for the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, a consortium of nine U.S. and Panamanian institutions that aims to rescue 20 species of frogs in imminent danger of extinction. Chytridiomycosis has been linked to dramatic...

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2011-05-03 09:47:19

There's a crisis among the world's amphibians"”about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection. DNA swabbed from the preservative-soaked skins of salamanders, frogs and toads"”collected from some of Central America's best-known extinction hotspots"” revealed a startling but clear pattern. Salamanders in...

2011-04-13 21:42:52

Frog and toad skins already are renowned as cornucopias of hundreds of germ-fighting substances. Now a new report in ACS's Journal of Proteome Research reveals that the toad brains also may contain an abundance of antibacterial and antiviral substances that could inspire a new generation of medicines. Ren Lai and colleagues point out that scientists know little about the germ-fighting proteins in amphibian brains, despite many studies showing that amphibians synthesize and secrete a...

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2011-04-01 08:07:21

Although the green toad (Bufo viridis) can today be found all over Central Europe, Asia, Africa, and even on the Balearic Islands, it became extinct in the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the Early Pleistocene (1.1 million years ago). This has been demonstrated by an international research study, with Spanish participation, which has discovered the first green frog fossil in Murcia. Analysis of fossils found in the Cueva Victoria deposit in Cartagena (Murcia), has for the first time confirmed...

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2011-03-28 09:55:00

North Queensland's third annual Toad Day Out has locals in Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns hunting for the much hated cane toad. This event was founded by Shane Knuth, Queensland state MP for Dalrymple after he lost a dog to a cane toad, reports AFP. In 1935, cane toads were brought over to Australia from the Americas to help control scarab beetles that infested the sugar cane. They have grown to a population of more than 200 million, and scientists suggest that evolution is helping...


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African Red Toad, Schismaderma Carens
2013-11-22 13:31:33

The African Red Toad, Schismaderma Carens, known also as the African Split-Skin Toad, is a species of toad belonging to the family Bufonidae. It’s monotypic within the genus Schismaderma. It is located in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho. The natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, tropical or subtropical dry shrubland, tropical or subtropical moist...

Eastern Spadefoot, Pelobates syriacus
2013-07-26 11:31:07

The Eastern Spadefoot (Pelobates syriacus) known also as the Syrian Spadefoot, is a species of toad belonging to the family Pelobatidae, native to an area stretching from Eastern Europe to Western Asia. The eastern spade foot is a plump toad with a large sized head, a flapped topped skull, large protruding eyes, and vertical slit-like pupils. It can grow to a length of about 3.5 inches. The skin is smooth with a scattering of small warts. The male individual has a large gland at the back...

Cane Toad, Bufo Marinus
2013-06-25 15:49:24

The Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) known also as the Giant Neotropical Toad or the Marine Toad, is a large and terrestrial true toad which is endemic to Central and South America, but has been introduced to various islands throughout Oceania and the Caribbean. It's a member of the subgenus Rhinella of the genus Bufo, which includes many different true toad species that are found throughout Central and South America. It is a productive breeder; the females lay single-clump spawns with thousands of...

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2009-01-13 18:37:31

The Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii) is a species of toad that is found in coastal California. It prefers grassland scrub and chaparral locally but could occur in oak woodlands. It is nocturnal, and activity is limited to the wet season, summer storms, or evenings with elevated substrate moisture levels. It is a relatively smooth-skinned species of toad. Its eyes are pale gold with vertical pupils. It has a green or gray dorsum often with skin tubercles tipped in orange, and it is...

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2009-01-13 18:28:03

The Common Spadefoot (Pelobates fuscus) is a species of toad of the family Pelobatidae. It is native to an area extending from central Europe to western Asia. It is also commonly known as the Garlic Toad, the Common Spadefoot Toad and the European Common Spadefoot. The male Spadefoot is about 2.5 inches in length and the female is slightly more than 3 inches in length. The dorsal skin color is usually light gray to beige-brown and is mottled by darker marks that are different in each...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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