A new species named in honor of The Prince of Wales

July 5th, 2012

AArk recently revealed the scientific name of a new Ecuadorian frog named after The Prince of Wales.

Sir David Attenborough endorses photo competition

February 9th, 2011

Amphibian Ark Patron, Sir David Attenborough, recently endorsed AArk’s amphibian photo competition. Here’s what he has to say: Frogs, toads and other amphibians are among the most beautiful creatures on the planet. They are instantly recognisable to most people, and to many, they hold a deep fascination. They occupy a wide range of land and… (Read more)

Will protecting an endangered toad trump Tanzania’s need for energy and development?

November 17th, 2010

In the nineteen eighties, the Tanzanian government started eyeing a remote area of the Eastern Arcs, known as the Udzungwas, for a hydropower project. Unfortunately, this area includes the only known habitat of the Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) – five acres of wetlands where the spray and wind generated by falls produced a unique… (Read more)

The World Congress of Herpetology 7

September 23rd, 2010

The University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the city of Vancouver will host the 7th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH) in beautiful British Columbia from 8-14 August 2012. Vancouver has a magnificent setting on the Pacific Ocean, is a world-class conference city and offers a wealth of scientific resources and entertainment. More… (Read more)

Endangered spray toads return to Tanzania

August 20th, 2010

By Maura O’Connor — Special to GlobalPost Published: August 20, 2010 06:27 ET in Africa DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania and NEW YORK — When it came to a choice between a hydropower dam that would provide electricity to one-third of Tanzania and a tiny endangered toad, the dam won. But the Kihansi toad lives on… (Read more)

Developing a safe antifungal treatment protocol to eliminate Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis from amphibians

August 19th, 2010

A. MARTEL, P. VAN ROOIJ, G. VERCAUTEREN, K. BAERT, L. VAN WAEYENBERGHE, P. DEBACKER, T. W. J. GARNER, T. WOELTJES, R. DUCATELLE, F. HAESEBROUCK & F. PASMANS Abstract Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is one of the most pathogenic microorganisms affecting amphibians in both captivity and in nature. The establishment of B. dendrobatidis free, stable, amphibian captive breeding… (Read more)

Projected Loss of a Salamander Diversity Hotspot as a Consequence of Projected Global Climate Change

August 18th, 2010

Joseph R. Milanovich, William E. Peterman, Nathan P. Nibbelink, John C. Maerz Abstract Background Significant shifts in climate are considered a threat to plants and animals with significant physiological limitations and limited dispersal abilities. The southern Appalachian Mountains are a global hotspot for plethodontid salamander diversity. Plethodontids are lungless ectotherms, so their ecology is strongly… (Read more)

Following public outcry, New Zealand drops plan to mine protected areas

August 3rd, 2010

Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com The New Zealand government has caved to public pressure, announcing that it is dropping all plans to mine in protected areas. The plan to open 7,000 hectares of protected areas to mining would have threatened a number of rare and endemic species, including two frogs that are prehistoric relics virtually unchanged from… (Read more)

Epidemic disease decimates amphibian abundance, species diversity, and evolutionary history in the highlands of central Panama

August 3rd, 2010

Andrew J. Crawford, Karen R. Lipsa, and Eldredge Bermingham Abstract Amphibian populations around the world are experiencing unprecedented declines attributed to a chytrid fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Despite the severity of the crisis, quantitative analyses of the effects of the epidemic on amphibian abundance and diversity have been unavailable as a result of the lack… (Read more)

Amphibian extinction crisis continues

May 20th, 2010

The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ shows that 1,895 species out of the 6,285 assessed amphibian species are threatened with extinction. The results reveal 30 percent of all known amphibians assessed so far are under serious threat in the wild.The figures show that: Total Extinct or Extinct in the Wild… (Read more)


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