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2008-10-06 00:00:20

News in brief WILDLIFE Schemes to protect natterjack toads, fritillary butterflies and sharks are to receive funding as part of a 5.5m programme to help England's most threatened wildlife. Birds, including cirl buntings and twites, will also benefit from the cash, as will wetland landscapes and marine species, Natural England said. The Government's conservation agency will also fund projects which aim to preserve traditional orchards and moves to restore hedgerows in an attempt to help...

2008-09-26 21:00:17

Amphibians across the world are at risk of extinction as a result of climate change, habitat destruction and disease, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).At a lecture at London Zoo, ZSL research fellow Dr Trent Garner warned that species in Britain such as the common toad were among those increasingly under threat.He said a recent study showed warmer winter temperatures in southern England were affecting the hibernation of toads, who would normally slow their physiology down...

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2008-09-01 16:40:00

Scientists from Manchester University and Chester Zoo have ventured into Costa Rica with hopes of finding some of the world's most endangered frogs. Their journey will take them deep into the forests of Monteverde where they will be on the lookout for the rare amphibians, including the golden toad, last seen about 20 years ago. "Costa Rica's highlands used to be major biodiversity hotspots - but in many areas, amphibian populations have been completely decimated," said team leader Andrew...

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2008-08-28 17:20:00

A recent study suggests that cane toads may avoid certain cooler and drier regions of Australia during their migration. Scientists staged a 2m sprint event in their own laboratory "Toad Olympics". Toads from the frontline of the invasion could only hop at 0.3 km per hour at 15C, but as fast as 2km per hour at 30C, Ecography journal reports. They concluded that areas like Melbourne that are cooler and drier may not witness the massive invasion of the cane toad. Originally introduced to...

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2008-06-02 14:00:00

A toad sits at a pond's edge eyeing a cricket on a blade of grass. In the blink of an eye, the toad snares the insect with its tongue. This deceptively simple, remarkably fast feeding action offers a new look at how muscles work.This fresh perspective could lead to designing more efficient electric motors, better prostheses and new medical treatments for neuromuscular diseases like Parkinson's.Science has long held that muscles behave largely like motors. Northern Arizona University...

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2008-02-04 09:45:00

A British film crew has captured footage of a rare Panamanian golden frog waving, wrestling and courting for the first time.The golden frog, known as Atelopus Zeteki, communicates with other frogs by semaphore in the form of gentle hand waves. Scientists believe the mechanism evolved as a way to allow the frogs to signal to rivals and mates above the noise of mountain streams.Hilary Jeffkins, senior producer of the BBC One series Life In Cold Blood, said the semaphoring behavior of the...

2006-02-15 13:00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Cane toads in Australia have developed longer legs to enable them to invade more territory, scientists said on Wednesday. The poisonous toads, which are a threat to native species, were introduced into Australia 70 years ago to control insect pests in sugar cane fields. They have since spread across one million square kilometers in the north and east of the country and have become one of the continent's worst environmental disasters. Their territory is likely to get larger...

2006-02-06 17:41:46

By Mike Power PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A deadly fungus is creeping through Panama, killing hundreds of thousands of amphibians and putting the country's national symbol, the golden frog, at risk of extinction, scientists say. "I would say that the golden frog was already in critical danger, however, the advance of the fungus outbreak makes matters worse to a point that this species is likely to become extinct," said Roberto Ibanez, an amphibian expert at the Smithsonian Tropical...

2006-01-11 15:01:27

Please read in paragraph 8, "Canada's University of Alberta" instead of "University of Arizona." A corrected version follows. By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - An infectious fungus aggravated by global warming has killed entire populations of frogs in Central and South America and driven some species to extinction, scientists said on Wednesday. In research that showed the effects of rising temperatures on delicate ecosystems, a team of researchers found that a warming...

2006-01-11 15:10:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON -- An infectious fungus aggravated by global warming has killed entire populations of frogs in Central and South America and driven some species to extinction, scientists said on Wednesday. In research that showed the effects of rising temperatures on delicate ecosystems, a team of researchers found that a warming atmosphere encouraged the spread of a fungus that has wiped out species of harlequin frogs and golden toads. "This is the first clear evidence that...


Latest Toads Reference Libraries

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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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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