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2006-01-11 13:35:00

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 atmosphere encouraged the spread of a fungus that has wiped out species of harlequin frogs and golden toads. "This is the first clear evidence...

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2005-10-06 06:05:00

LONDON -- The Golden Toad has already paid the ultimate price of extinction and other species are expected to follow suit as the world warms, according to a report published on Thursday. Changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and increases in extreme weather events like droughts and floods due to global warming are already destroying habitats, and scientists expect the rate of destruction to increase, it said. And the species most at risk are those that either can't move and can't...

2005-09-05 20:31:37

DARWIN, Australia (AP) -- The dreaded cane toad might have met its match - disco-style ultraviolet lights. Northern Territory researchers said Sunday they have been successful using dark ultraviolet lights - the same as those used in nightclubs - to lure and trap the pests that are killing off many of Australia's native animals. "We've found that the old toads are definitely a disco animal," Frogwatch coordinator Graham Sawyer said. As part of the so-called "Toad Buster" project, the...

2005-09-04 08:40:43

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Poisonous and ugly, Australia's cane toads are also suckers for nightlife. Researchers looking for ways to eradicate the toxic toads, introduced from Hawaii in 1935 and now an environmental menace, have found a way to trap them using ultra-violet "disco" lights. The pests have spread in their millions across the tropical north. Cane toads, some as big as dinner plates, can even kill crocodiles and wild dogs with their hallucinogenic venom. Australian scientists...

2005-08-29 20:48:55

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An environmental group and a Christian prayer network have joined forces to sue the Bush administration over the fate of an endangered toad -- the same "hapless" amphibian at the center of a legal opinion by U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. The Center for Biological Diversity and Christians Caring for Creation claim in their federal lawsuit that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to protect the California habitat of the...

2005-08-05 06:31:54

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian scientists were given A$3.6 million ($2.7 million) Friday to find a biological way to combat the rising population of poisonous cane toads. The pests have spread across northern Australia since 100 cane toads were imported from Hawaii in 1935 in a bid to fight greyback beetles, which were threatening the country's sugar cane fields. "The cane toad is a blight on our landscape," Australia's Environment Minister Ian Campbell said. He said the state-owned...

2005-06-17 11:22:01

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to reintroduce several hundred more Wyoming toad tadpoles in Albany County. The Wyoming toad is the only toad in the Laramie Basin and the basin is the toad's only home. The toad was listed as endangered in 1984 and thought to have gone extinct in 1987, although toads were later found at Mortenson Lake southwest of Laramie. Thousands of toads have since been bred in captivity and released, with mixed results. The latest...


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Mountain Harlequin Frog, Atelopus Certus
2014-08-05 09:43:02

Mountain Harlequin Frog, Atelopus Certus, is a species of toad belonging to the family Bufonidae. This toad is native to the Darien region of eastern Panama, and its type locality is Cerro Sapo, providing it with its common name, Mountain Harlequin Frog. Its natural habitats are tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests, tropical or subtropical moist montane forests, and rivers. This species is threatened mostly by the advancing wave of chytridiomycosis moving through Central...

Couch’s Spadefoot Toad, Scaphiopus Couchii
2014-08-05 09:20:52

The Couch’s Spadefoot Toad, Scaphiopus couchii, is a species of North American spade foot toad. The specific nickname couchii honors an American naturalist Darius Nash Couch, who gathered the first specimen while on a personal expedition to northern Mexico to collect mineral, plant, and animal specimens for the Smithsonian Institution. It is endemic to the southwestern United States, the Baja Peninsula, and northern Mexico. They can be found throughout the Sonoran Desert, which consists...

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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