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Timber harvest impacts amphibians differently during life stages
University of Missouri researchers found that removing all of the trees from a section of the forest had a negative effect on amphibians during their later life cycles, but had some positive effects during amphibians' aquatic larva stages at the beginning of their lives. (2009-11-03)
Amphibians respond behaviorally to impact of clear cutting
The number of amphibians drastically decreases in forest areas that are clearcut, according to previous studies. (2008-03-10)
Small insects attacks and kill amphibians much bigger than themselves
New findings of researchers from Tel-Aviv University show that predator-prey interactions between ground beetles of the genus Epomis and amphibians are much more complex than expected. (2011-05-20)
Study confirms amphibians' ability to predict changes in biodiversity
Biologists have long suspected that amphibians, whose moist permeable skins make them susceptible to slight changes in the environment, might be good bellwethers for impending alterations in biodiversity during rapid climate change. (2008-10-28)
European salamanders and newts vulnerable to fungal disease from Asia
A skin-eating fungal disease brought to Europe by humans now poses a major threat to native salamanders and newts, scientists have warned. (2014-10-30)
Canaries in a coal mine?
The worldwide decline of amphibians is part of a general biodiversity crisis. (2003-02-25)
How does a frog heal wounded skin without scarring?
When a Xenopus frog is deeply wounded, its skin can regenerate without scarring. (2017-06-15)
Traffic harms Asturian amphibians
Midwife toads and palmate newts are run over and their habitats are fragmented by roads in the Trubia valley. (2012-04-12)
Discovery in the evolution of the immune system absorbing cells
The UAB has taken part in a research project that has just made a discovery that questions one of the paradigms of vertebrate immunology: that phagocytosis (the ability to (2006-10-04)
Amphibians can become tolerant to pesticides, but at a cost
Amphibians can develop tolerance to pesticides, but this tolerance can lead to increased susceptibility to parasites, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-07-17)
New report details historic mass extinction of amphibians
Amphibians, reigning survivors of past mass extinctions, are sending a clear, unequivocal signal that something is wrong, as their extinction rates rise to unprecedented levels, according to a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2008-08-11)
Amphibians as environmental omen disputed
Amphibians, for years considered a leading indicator of environmental degradation, are not uniquely susceptible to pollution, according to a meta-analysis to be published in Ecology Letters. (2009-11-10)
Amphibians in losing race with environmental change
Even though they had the ability to evolve and survive for hundreds of millions of years -- since before the time of the dinosaurs and through many climatic regimes -- the massive, worldwide decline of amphibians can best be understood by their inability to keep pace with the current rate of global change, a new study suggests. (2007-05-01)
An unprecedented role reversal: Ground beetle larvae lure amphibians and prey upon them
Beetle larvae are able to lure their amphibious predators and consume them with almost 100 percent success, a new study shows. (2011-09-21)
Whooping cranes' predatory behavior key for adaptation, survival
The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. (2016-02-10)
Environmental concerns increasing infectious disease in amphibians, other animals
Climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and invasive species are all involved in the global crisis of amphibian declines and extinctions, researchers suggest in a new analysis, but increasingly these forces are causing actual mortality in the form of infectious disease. (2012-07-18)
Ray Semlitsch receives 2011 Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology
Ray Semlitsch, Curators' Professor of Biology in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri, is the recipient of the 2011 Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. (2011-08-03)
Preserved frogs hold clues to deadly pathogen
A Yale graduate student has developed a novel means for charting the history of a pathogen deadly to amphibians worldwide. (2012-06-20)
USGS Responds to Amphibian Declines With Program In Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Frogs, toads, and salamanders are just a few of the 40 species of amphibians that U.S. (1998-05-29)
GW researcher reveals how amphibians crossed continents
A George Washington University professor has succeeded in constructing a first-of-its-kind comprehensive diagram of the geographic distribution of amphibians, showing the movement of 3,309 species between 12 global ecoregions. (2014-08-04)
Poisonous amphibian defenses are linked to higher extinction risk
Research published by a Swansea University scientist has found amphibians which have a toxic defense against predators -- such as the iconic poison dart frogs -- have a much higher risk of extinction than species which use other types of defense mechanisms. (2016-11-22)
Prescribed burns can threaten pine Savannah amphibians
While longleaf pine savannahs in the southeast U.S. depend on periodic fires, today's prescribed burns are set too often for the tremendous diversity of amphibians living there. (2003-09-23)
Killer fungus threatening amphibians
Amphibians like frogs and toads have existed for 360 million years and survived when the dinosaurs didn't, but a new aquatic fungus is threatening to make many of them extinct, according to an article in the November issue of Microbiology Today. (2009-11-23)
Parasites might spur evolution of strange amphibian breeding habits
Parasites can decimate amphibian populations, but one University of Georgia researcher believes they might also play a role in spurring the evolution of new and sometimes bizarre breeding strategies. (2007-11-14)
Colombian frog believed extinct found alive
Researchers exploring a Colombian mountain range found surviving members of a species of Harlequin frog believed extinct due to a killer fungus wiping out amphibian populations in Central and South America. (2006-05-18)
Atrazine alters the sex ration in Blanchard's cricket frogs
A study published recently in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found that Blanchard's cricket frogs are highly sensitive to atrazine. (2017-10-13)
Possible biological control discovered for pathogen devastating amphibians
Zoologists have discovered that a freshwater species of zooplankton will eat a fungal pathogen which is devastating amphibian populations around the world. (2011-08-25)
Bullfrogs may help spread deadly amphibian fungus, but also die from it
Amphibian populations are declining worldwide and a major cause is a deadly fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs, but a two-year study shows they can also die from this pathogen, contrary to suggestions that bullfrogs are a tolerant carrier host that just spreads the disease. (2013-06-17)
Size matters in the battle to adapt to diverse environments and avoid extinction
By examining research on global patterns of amphibian diversification over hundreds of millions of years, De Lisle and Rowe discovered that 'sexually dimorphic' species -- those in which males and females differ in size, for example -- are at lower risk of extinction and better able to adapt to diverse environments. (2015-02-18)
Fragmentation may be linked to local amphibian extinctions
Habitat fragmentation is a primary threat to amphibians worldwide, and new research suggests one of the reasons why. (2002-09-24)
Researchers complete first major survey of amphibian fungus in Asia
An international team of researchers has completed the first major survey in Asia of the deadly chytridiomycosis fungus that has wiped out more than 200 species of amphibians worldwide. (2011-08-17)
Common pesticides kill amphibian parasites, study finds
A recent study by Jessica Hua, assistant professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University, and colleagues, explored the effects of six commonly used pesticides on two different populations of a widespread parasite of amphibians. (2016-04-04)
Global map shows new patterns of extinction risk
The most detailed world map of mammals, birds and amphibians ever produced shows that endangered species from these groups do not inhabit the same geographical areas, says new research published today. (2006-11-01)
Twenty-five frogs added to the amphibian fauna of Mount Oku, Cameroon
While amphibians all over the world are undergoing a continuous decline, their status in certain regions, such as Central Africa, remains unknown due to incomplete information. (2017-01-12)
Research could lead to protective probiotics for frogs
In research that could lead to protective probiotics to fight the 'chytrid' fungus that has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide, Jenifer Walke, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, and her collaborators have grown bacterial species from the skin microbiome of four species of amphibians. (2015-07-30)
Biodiversity helps dilute infectious disease, reduce its severity
Researchers at Oregon State University have shown for the first time that loss of biodiversity may be contributing to a fungal infection that is killing amphibians around the world, and provides more evidence for why biodiversity is important to many ecosystems. (2011-09-19)
Amphibians: Beware young beetles' deadly 'siren call'
Gil Wizen of Tel Aviv University says that beetle larvae (2011-09-26)
Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest
A previously undiscovered species of crocodile-like amphibian that lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth's top predators more than 200 million years ago, a study shows. (2015-03-23)
Amphibians and crippling parasites
In recent years, the frequency of malformed frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians found with missing limbs, extra limbs, and skin webbings has increased. (2002-04-18)
Concerns remain about UVB damage to amphibians
The exposure of amphibians to damaging levels of ultraviolet-B radiation in sunlight is likely a significant part of global amphibian declines, researchers say, despite some recent suggestions to the contrary and a scientific controversy about what role UV-B actually plays in this crisis. (2004-06-01)
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