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Pitt study: Sexual selection alone could spark formation of new species
Because of imprinted preferences, strawberry poison frog females mate more with similar colored males, and less with differently colored males. (2019-10-17)
First widespread chytrid fungus infections in frogs of Peruvian Amazon rain forests
University of Michigan biologists have documented, for the first time, the widespread presence of the notorious chytrid fungus in 80 species of frogs from lowland rain forest sites in the Peruvian Amazon. (2019-10-16)
Scientists track frog-killing fungus to help curb its spread
With the help of advanced genetic testing and hundreds of frog skin swabs, an international team of researchers has created the most complete map to date of when and where different genetic variants of the frog-killing Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis have infected frog populations around the world. (2019-09-23)
Scientists solve lingering mystery of poorly understood frog
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster University, has solved a centuries-old mystery of 'Fraser's Clawed Frog', an unusual and elusive species found in West Africa. (2019-09-11)
Researchers pinpoint animal model proteins important in study of human disease
Little is known about the proteins and cellular pathways that lead to the formation of the human heart or the roles various proteins and pathways might play in cardiac disease. (2019-09-10)
Toxic frogs with weak defenses persist in the gene pool alongside stronger competitors
A multi-national team of evolutionary biologists investigated how two types of poison frog co-exist when we expect only one. (2019-09-02)
Functional changes of thermosensory molecules related to environmental adaptation
Scientists from National Institute for Physiological Sciences and their collaborator in Japan have clarified the functional shift of thermal sensors among frog species adapted to different thermal niches and revealed the molecular basis for the shift in thermal perception related to environmental adaptation. (2019-09-02)
World's largest frogs build their own ponds for their young
The first example of 'nest'-building in an African amphibian, the Goliath frog, has been described in a new article in the Journal of Natural History, and could explain why they have grown to be giant. (2019-08-08)
To learn how poison frogs are adapting to warmer temperatures, scientists got crafty
Strawberry poison frogs live in Costa Rican forests that are being cut down for farmland. (2019-08-02)
Eleven new species of rain frogs discovered in the tropical Andes
Eleven new frog species were described in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2019-08-02)
UCF team discovers, names new frog species
An international team of researchers have identified and described two new frog species and have named one of them after a University of Central Florida professor. (2019-07-18)
Amphibians infected by ranavirus found in Atlantic rain forest
Ranavirus is linked to amphibian decline or extinction in other parts of the world, but in Brazil, it has been reported only in captive animals. (2019-06-28)
Science snapshots: A toxin antidote in frogs, atomic motion in 4D, and better biofuels
In new research from Berkeley Lab and our collaborators, scientists discovered how a protein produced by bullfrogs inhibits the deadly neurotoxin involved in red tide events, glimpsed how atoms move in four dimensions, and identified a bacterial gene that could be engineered into biofuel-producing microbes to greatly boost process efficiency. (2019-06-26)
Skin bacteria could save frogs from virus
Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research suggests. (2019-06-21)
Environmental oxygen triggers loss of webbed digits
Free fingers have many obvious advantages on land, such as in locomotion and grasping, while webbed fingers are typical of aquatic or gliding animals. (2019-06-13)
Oxygen shapes arms and legs: Origins of a new developmental mechanism called 'interdigital cell death'
Scientists at Tokyo Tech, Yamagata University and Harvard University have discovered that environmental oxygen plays an important role shaping the hands and feet during development. (2019-06-13)
Frogs find refuge in elephant tracks
Frogs need elephants. That's what a new WCS-led study says that looked at the role of water-filled elephant tracks in providing predator-free breeding grounds and pathways connecting frog populations. (2019-06-04)
An island haven for frogs in a sea of extinctions
New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the chytrid fungus that has made more than 90 species extinct. (2019-06-03)
UC Davis study shows temperature alters developing nervous system in frogs
A UC Davis study that compared the effects of cold and warm temperatures on the development of frog eggs into larvae found that environmental temperature significantly changes how the nervous system develops. (2019-05-23)
Young frogs that were stressed as tadpoles move less on land, putting their survival at risk
New research shows that juvenile northern red-legged frogs that have experienced climate-related stress as tadpoles are less likely to move on land, putting their survival at risk. (2019-05-02)
Scientists unearth 'utterly bizarre' chimera crab fossil
University of Alberta paleontologists discover a new-- and bizarre -- species of 90- to 95-million-year-old crab fossil with features of many different marine arthropods, calling to mind the chimera of Greek mythology. (2019-04-24)
Study unravels mystery of antimicrobial frog secretions
Japanese scientists including researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Yokohama National University have identified the molecular mechanism that gives the skin secretions of a species of frog effective antimicrobial properties. (2019-04-23)
Conservationists discover hidden diversity in ancient frog family
Research scientists led by the University of Kent have uncovered hidden diversity within a type of frog found only in the Seychelles, showing that those on each island have their own distinct lineage. (2019-04-11)
The truth about a true frog: Unknown Costa Rican frog hidden amongst a widespread species
Known to science since 1857, a common species of frog found from north-eastern Honduras through to central Panama, turns out to have been keeping its 'multiple identities' a secret. (2019-04-11)
Five new frog species from Madagascar
Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich and the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology have named five new species of frogs found across the island of Madagascar. (2019-03-28)
Mass amphibian extinctions globally caused by fungal disease
An international study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past 50 years. (2019-03-28)
Colder temperatures foster greater microbial diversity on amphibian skin
A far-reaching global study led by University of Colorado Boulder scientists has found that climate is a critical determinant of microbial diversity on amphibian skin, with colder, more variable temperatures producing richer bacterial communities than warmer, more stable environments. (2019-03-27)
Bacteria may help frogs attract mates
The role played by symbiotic microorganisms isolated from the skin of anurans has been discovered by researchers in Brazil. (2019-03-14)
Meet India's starry dwarf frog, lone member of newly discovered ancient lineage
The starry dwarf frog is an expert hider. Plunging into leaf litter at the slightest disturbance, it has successfully evaded attention for millions of years -- until now. (2019-03-12)
New species of frog sheds light on major biodiversity hotspot in southern India
An expedition to an isolated hill range located in Southern India along one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world led to the discovery of a new, ancient lineage of frog endemic to the area, according to a study published today in the journal PeerJ. (2019-03-12)
Bacteria in frog skin may help fight fungal infections in humans
Scientists at the Smithsonian and INDICASAT in Panama explored the compounds produced by frog skin bacteria as potential novel antifungal sources for the benefit of humans and amphibians. (2019-03-01)
Oldest frog relative found in North America
A team of paleontologists led by Virginia Tech's Michelle Stocker and Sterling Nesbitt of the Department of Geosciences have identified fossil fragments of what are thought to be the oldest known frogs in North America. (2019-02-27)
Dermal disruption: Amphibian skin bacteria is more diverse in cold, variable environments
Researchers swabbed more than 2300 animals representing 205 amphibian species to better understand the ecology of their skin bacteria. (2019-02-21)
Study shows hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs
Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of mankind's Ebola virus. (2019-02-15)
NYU Abu Dhabi researchers discover new frog species on remote Ethiopian mountain
A new species of puddle frog (order: Anura, family: Phynobatrachidae, genus: Phrynobatrachus), has just been discovered by NYU Abu Dhabi researchers at the unexplored and isolated Bibita Mountain in southwestern Ethiopia. (2019-02-12)
Drier mountains pose a double whammy for cold-adapted amphibians, says SFU study
A species of frog endemic to the Pacific Northwest faces a 50 per cent increase in the probability of extinction by the 2080s due to climate change, according to a new study published by SFU researchers in the Ecological Society of America. (2019-01-25)
Multi-hop communication: Frog choruses inspire wireless sensor networks
A team including researchers from Osaka University looked to nature for inspiration in designing more effective wireless sensor networks. (2019-01-22)
Frog eggs help researchers understand repair of DNA damages
The DNA replication process, which takes place every time a cell divides, also triggers repair of DNA damage, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have described in a new study, where they have studied extracts from frog eggs, whose proteins are very similar to those of human cells. (2019-01-20)
Technique identifies electricity-producing bacteria
MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic technique that can quickly process small samples of bacteria and gauge a specific property that's highly correlated with bacteria's ability to produce electricity. (2019-01-11)
Extraordinary treefrog discovered in the Andes of Ecuador
A dazzling new species of treefrog was discovered at a remote tabletop mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. (2019-01-03)
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