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Climate change drives widespread amphibian extinctions
Results of a new study provide the first clear proof that global warming is causing outbreaks of an infectious disease that is wiping out entire frog populations and driving many species to extinction. (2006-01-11)
Sample of a frog's slimy skin predicts susceptibility to disease, says CU-Boulder
A simple sample of the protective mucus layer that coats a frog's skin can now be analyzed to determine how susceptible the frog is to disease, thanks to a technique developed by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. (2014-04-30)
New study of land use effects on amphibian populations gets underway at UGA laboratory
Researchers at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), the University of Missouri, the University of Maine and the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) have received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate amphibian population dynamics in relation to forest alteration and fragmentation resulting from forest management practices. (2004-03-25)
Missouri ponds provide clue to killer frog disease
In Missouri, about a third of the ponds are infected with chytrid, the notorious skin fungus that has sickened and killed amphibians in other parts of the world. (2013-09-25)
Found: First lungless frog
Researchers have confirmed the first case of complete lunglessness in a frog, according to a report in the April 8 issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. (2008-04-07)
African amphibians make extreme parental sacrifice: The skin off their backs
Just as baby mammals depend on their mothers' milk, the young of the African amphibian Boulengerula taitanus nourish themselves by stripping off and eating the fat-rich outer layer of their mothers' skin, according to an international team of researchers that includes University of Michigan biologist Ronald Nussbaum. (2006-04-13)
A virus lethal to amphibians is spreading across Portugal
A new strain of ranavirus is currently causing mass mortality in several species of amphibian in the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in continental Portugal. (2017-03-13)
New USGS research shows how land use affects amphibians
New USGS research shows that, despite some risks, rural areas and farms may be friendlier to frogs and toads than urban areas. (2000-03-28)
World's most extraordinary species mapped for the first time
The black-and-white ruffed lemur, Mexican salamander and Sunda pangolin all feature on the first map of the world's most unique and threatened mammals and amphibians, released today by the Zoological Society of London. (2013-05-15)
Tropical lowland frogs at greater risk from climate warming than high-elevation species, study shows
A new study of Peruvian frogs living at a wide variety of elevations -- from the Amazon floodplain to high Andes peaks -- lends support to the idea that lowland amphibians are at higher risk from future climate warming. (2017-04-07)
Global warming link to amphibian declines in doubt
Evidence that global warming is causing the worldwide declines of amphibians may not be as conclusive as previously thought, according to biologists. (2008-11-12)
3-D model of giant salamanders' bite 
A 3-D model of the world's largest living amphibian's bite, the Chinese giant salamander, reveals that it feeds on prey located in front of it, but can also perform quick strikes to the side on approaching animals. (2015-04-08)
Invasive water frogs too dominant for native species
In the past two decades, water frogs have spread rapidly in Central Europe. (2016-02-29)
Frogs with disease-resistance genes may escape extinction
As frog populations die off around the world, researchers have identified certain genes that can help the amphibians develop resistance to harmful bacteria and disease. (2008-07-15)
Captive breeding introduced infectious disease to Mallorcan amphibians
A potentially deadly fungus that can kill frogs and toads was inadvertently introduced into Mallorca by a captive breeding program that was reintroducing a rare species of toad into the wild, according to a new study published today in the journal Current Biology. (2008-09-22)
Deadly frog fungus dates back to 1880s, studies find
A pair of studies show that the deadly fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, responsible for the extinction of more than 200 amphibian species worldwide, has coexisted harmlessly with animals in Illinois and Korea for more than a century. (2015-03-04)
Inventions of evolution: What gives frogs a face
Zoologists of the University Jena (Germany) analysed the central factor for the development of the morphologically distinctive features of the tadpoles. (2011-01-13)
Frog and toad larvae become vegetarian when it is hot
Climate change is currently one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and one of the groups of animals most affected by the increase in temperature is amphibians. (2016-11-03)
Mosquito fish may be wiping out amphibians
Mosquito fish introduced for biological control to eat mosquito larvae actually prefer eating amphibians, according to a study in California. (1999-08-25)
Shipping industry sends help as project in Panama tackles amphibian crisis
As amphibian chytrid fungus continues to wipe out amphibian species worldwide, frogs in Panama are finding a safe haven in a seemingly unlikely spot -- shipping containers once used to transport ice cream, strawberries and pharmaceuticals. (2010-04-23)
The new wildlife refuge -- Golf courses?
Golf courses are known as centers for human recreation, but if managed properly, they also could be important wildlife sanctuaries, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher has found. (2007-07-10)
Pitt research suggests EPA pesticide exposure test too short, overlooks long term effects
The four-day testing period the US Environmental Protection Agency commonly uses to determine safe levels of pesticide exposure for humans and animals could fail to account for the toxins' long-term effects, University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the September edition of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. (2009-08-17)
Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world
Amphibians that tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better in a world affected by climate change, disease and habitat loss, according to two recent studies from the University of California, Davis. (2016-07-07)
Study predicts ranavirus as potential new culprit in amphibian extinctions
Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute. (2014-07-09)
Early exposure to common weed killer impairs amphibian development
Tadpoles exposed to the herbicide atrazine during an often overlooked growth phase named organ morphogenesis develop deformed hearts and impaired kidneys, according to research by Tufts University biologists. (2008-04-15)
Chytrid fungus associated with boreal toad deaths in Rocky Mountains
Recent deaths of endangered boreal toads in Rocky Mountain National Park have been linked to a chytrid fungus and are the second such diagnosis in Colorado, according to the USGS. (2000-03-28)
Recovering from a mass extinction
The full recovery of ecological systems, following the most devastating extinction event of all time, took at least 30 million years, according to new research from the University of Bristol. (2008-01-18)
Leeches ferry infection among newts
Parasite-carrying bloodsucking leeches may be delivering a one-two punch to newts, according to biologists, who say the discovery may provide clues to disease outbreaks in amphibians. (2007-01-31)
Amphibian declines complicated, disturbing
People who are looking for a magic bullet that will explain all of the amphibian deaths and declines around the world are going to be disappointed. (2000-02-17)
10 new amphibian species discovered in Colombia
Scientists announce the discovery of 10 amphibians believed to be new to science, including a spiky-skinned, orange-legged rain frog, three poison dart frogs and three glass frogs, so called because their transparent skin can reveal internal organs. (2009-02-02)
A savage world for frogs
UCF biologist Anna Savage is obsessed with frogs and figuring out why they are dying at an unprecedented rate around the world. (2016-03-23)
Amphibian Revival: Build It And They Will Come
The Budweiser beer frogs may be gone, but wood frogs in eastern Missouri have come back with gusto. (1999-02-24)
Salamanders change spots: Was it environmental stress?
Salamanders with unusual, asymmetrical spots have been found in a pond adjacent to an Ithaca, NY golf course. (2002-04-24)
Blood samples show deadly frog fungus at work in the wild
The fungal infection that has killed a record number of amphibians worldwide leads to deadly dehydration in frogs in the wild, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University researchers. (2012-04-25)
USGS seeks citzens of all ages to listen for frogs and toads
Hundreds of U.S. citizens from 47 states are helping to count frogs and toads as part of Frogwatch USA, a USGS educational and science program that provides people with an opportunity to learn about the environment while collecting valuable information about their local frogs and toads. (2000-02-27)
The last croak for Darwin's frog
Deadly amphibian disease chytridiomycosis has caused the extinction of Darwin's frogs, believe scientists from the Zoological Society of London and Universidad Andres Bello, Chile. (2013-11-20)
The sly maneuvers of the fungus fatal to frogs
A new study hints at why a particular fungus has been so successful in killing amphibians. (2013-10-17)
Named after Stanley Kubrick, a new species of frog is a 'clockwork orange' of nature
Two new frog species were discovered in the Amazon Basin. (2018-01-15)
Household pets can transmit infections to people
Household pets can transmit infection to people, especially those with weak immune systems, young children, pregnant women and seniors, according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2015-04-20)
No single explanation for biodiversity in Madagascar
No single 'one-size-fits-all' model can explain how biodiversity hotspots come to be, finds a study of more than 700 species of reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar. (2014-10-10)
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