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Amphibians

We’re mad about Madagascar.

We’re mad about Madagascar.



How much research flows out of Madagascar, on the lemurs, chameleons and frogs alone. We have to preserve this island and sustain its people in their struggles with nature, including climate change. The age of introspection is over. This is one planet and we all are one with it – just investigate the biodiversity and the climate change conferences mushrooming in response to popular demands.

Interesting frog father behaviour

Interesting frog father behaviour

Some carnivorous toads find it useful to breed when they’re starving. The herbivorous tadpoles make a fine snack! Here is another possibility in the beautiful poison dart frog, Dendrobates tinctorius.

Ecuador dumps the Amazon's most biodiverse reserve

Ecuador dumps the Amazon's most biodiverse reserve



The life of the Yasuni Reserve in the Amazon is not as we know it. With 44 times the biodiversity of the whole of one country in one hectare, it exhibits a show of insect, amphibian, bird and even mammalian species that we can’t imagine. Now replace them all with oil rigs.

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

The tree frog, like the gecko requires extraordinary adhesion from its toes.

Heat is on for salamanders

 Heat is on for salamanders

Around one-third of Salamander larvae vanished from sites in North Carolina, USA, during severe drought, according to new research.

Red-eyed tree frogs and their frog-flies: recruitment and colonization

Red-eyed tree frogs and their frog-flies: recruitment and colonization



When a dead red eyed tree frog's egg is used as food by fly larvae, that is an important part of the decomposition of living material. Frog flies tend to choose dead eggs but can lay on others that are healthy nearby.

History of a giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

History of a giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

Ecology of coastal giant salamanders, (Dicamptodon tenebrosus). Research into the genetic structure and history of giant salamander populations in the United States and Canada.

Frog conservation in the spotlight on Save the Frogs Day

Frog conservation in the spotlight on Save the Frogs Day



Save the Frogs Day 2012 is on April 28th. An amphibian conservation charity has organised an extensive website and a 'Save The Frogs' day, now in its 4th year of frog conservation awareness.

Discovery of New Legless Amphibians

Discovery of New Legless Amphibians

New family of tailless burrowing caecilian tetrapod amphibians has been discovered, but Chikilidae have no legs.

Andean species threatened

Andean species threatened

Mammals, birds, amphibians and many other groups are exposed to development or climate change threats in isolated parts of the Andes in Amazonian Peru and Bolivia.

Two new species of frog discovered, one the smallest vertebrate yet

Two new species of frog discovered, one the smallest vertebrate yet

Two new species of frog discovered in New Guinea, one the smallest vertebrate yet. One small step for Paedophryne amauensis is a giant step for the evolution of the tiniest vertebrate footprints anywhere.

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline



The University of Florida has co-authored a new study on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander. The study aimed to observe and look deeper into the declining health and habitat of the salamander and can also be used as a measure of how our ecosystems are changing and affecting amphibians across the world.

Earthquakes and 'wise toads' predicting them

 Earthquakes and 'wise toads' predicting them

A study recently published looks at the possibility that toads can predict earthquakes. A toad breeding lake emptied a few days before the much-reported Italian M6.3 earthquake on April 6th 2009 and was only revisited by its former occupants after a series of aftershocks.

Colobus chorus

Colobus chorus

There is nothing more delightful than waking in South East Asian forests to the gibbon dawn chorus, but South America Howlers and African Colobus seem to compete more loudly. In an intriguing and difficult investigation by Anne Schel and Klaus Zuberbuhler, communication in animals reports a dawn chorus from insect, amphibian and bird.

Extinction threat for amphibians around the world

Extinction threat for amphibians around the world



A combination of threats has severely threatened the survival of amphibians around the world. New research underlines the need for proactive conservation efforts to avoid extinction for many of the worlds amphibians.

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

Research has shown that tendons allow frogs to jump great distances. A jump requires strong muscles to propel an animal's body against the pull of gravity and muscle power alone would not explain the speed and distance that frogs are able to achieve.

The fungus that killed frogs

The fungus that killed frogs

The sudden appearance of a fungal epidemic that is wiping out amphibian species worldwide. Amphibians are currently engaged in a battle for survival - and losing.

A Frog's tale

A Frog's tale

Australian researchers have found that green tree frogs Litoria spp. use condensation in the same way as windows on frosty mornings. During the dry season from June to September, Ozzy water is a precious commodity. These enterprising Amphibia expose themselves in such a way as to gather the air's excess moisture when temperatures plummet.

The Beetles Hit (on Amphibian prey)

The Beetles Hit (on Amphibian prey)



Israeli beetles turning the tables on five spp. of Amphibian. The classic instance of predators stalking their live and not-so-innocent food supply is reversed with the prey waiting to be stalked by the naive predator. They then turn the tables by killing the villain - but just where would the observers' sympathies lie?

Fight to battle amphibian fungus

Fight to battle amphibian fungus

Chytridiomycosis, a fungal infection which has caused 200 amphibian species to disappear is coming under renewed attack from scientists looking at combining previously used methods to tackle it.

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets



Madagascan species at risk of extinction are commonly found on sale in Thai markets says a WWF-backed body investigating the trade in endangered species. TRAFFIC surveyed sales for 15 days in Bangkok and eight of Thailand's provinces and found 591 Madagascan reptiles and amphibians available on sale.

Large carnivorous Hawaiian crab driven to extinction by first arrivals

Large carnivorous Hawaiian crab driven to extinction by first arrivals

A new species of large, land-based, carnivorous crabs has been described in toady's PloS ONE - found all over the Hawaiian Islands. The catch is that they have been extinct for a thousand years - tipped into an early demise by newly arrived Polynesian colonists.

Unique tropical frog gives insight into amphibian genetics

Unique tropical frog gives insight into amphibian genetics



Unusual hybrid frog reveals importance of considering genetics in amphibian conservation. The hybrid frog is providing scientists with exclusive insights into the genetic make-up of different amphibian populations - with important bearing on future conservation measures. The unique hybrid was produced by scientists at the University of Manchester, who allowed two entirely different, critically endangered species of Central American leaf frogs to interbreed

Five Lost Frogs Rediscovered

Five Lost Frogs Rediscovered

Five species of frog, some unseen for 136 years, have been rediscovered in India. Amphibians of India aims to rediscover 50 species of Indian amphibians that are considered to be actually, or potentially, extinct in the wild. These are the so-called 'lost' species. Launched in December 2010, it is an ambitious campaign led by the University of Delhi in conjunction with the IUCN and Conservation International.

Danger signals for the future of turtles

Danger signals for the future of turtles

Human intervention is causing a serious decline in the world turtle population. 2011 has been designated 'The Year of the Turtle' by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Turtles are currently disappearing from the planet faster than any other kind of animal and although they have been around for about 220 million years.

Cocaine production spells doom for Colombia's rainforests

Cocaine production spells doom for Colombia's rainforests

Colombian rainforests under threat due to an increase in production of coca to meet world demand for cocaine. More than 1,821 species of birds, 623 species of amphibians, 467 species of mammals, 518 species of reptiles and 3,200 species of fish are found, mainly in the country's vast tracts of tropical forest.

Captive breeding project offers hope for survival of rare tree frogs

Captive breeding project offers hope for survival of rare tree frogs

A critically endangered species, the La Loma tree frog, Hyloscirtus colymba, has been successfully bred for the first time as part of a project involving the Smithsonian Institute's National Zoo. The scheme, involving nine partners as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project offers hope, not just for the survival of the La Loma tree frog but other endangered amphibians from the region.