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Extinction Countdown

Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Hits Rarely Seen, Wormlike Amphibians

caecilian

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never seen a caecilian, let alone don’t know how to pronounce the word. These rare, legless amphibians—which look like a cross between a worm and a snake—spend most of their time underground, far from the prying eyes of scientists and other humans. Although some of the 190 or so known [...]

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Extinction Countdown

The population of a unique Mexican amphibian drops 90 percent in four years

axolotl

Urban growth is quickly driving one of the world’s most bizarre creatures into extinction. According to a new study, the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), a Mexican amphibian that never metamorphoses past its larval stage, has seen a 90 percent population drop in the last four years. Only an estimated 700 to 1,200 axolotls now remain. The [...]

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Image of the Week

Tragically Beautiful

DFA186: Hadēs by Brandon Ballengée

Source: ScienceArt On View in March/April 2014 on Symbiartic Populations of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians are rapidly declining worldwide, and those that remain are increasingly falling victim to environmental pollutants that cause deformities such as extra limbs and ambiguous sexual organs. Brandon Ballengée’s work aims to draw attention to their plight through visually arresting [...]

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Observations

Aquatic invasion: Scientists find first amphibious insect species

underwater amphibious caterpillar hawaii

Several new species of rare Hawaiian moth caterpillars have been discovered to be able to thrive both totally submerged and totally dry. They are the first insects to be described as fully amphibious, reported a team of researchers in a study published online March 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This [...]

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Running Ponies

Endangered eastern hellbenders bred for first time

hellbender

Together with its cousins, the Japanese and Chinese Giant Salamanders, the hellbender is one of the largest amphibians in the world, and part of the only group of animals that can breathe mostly through folds of excess skin between their front and back legs. They’re a strange creature worth investing in, especially now that their [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: Frog Mech

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The concept of biomimicry is increasingly popular and useful. Recent advances in robotics are giving us the soft, colour-changing robotic octopus. Concept artist and science fiction illustrator Brian Lindahl took the idea in another direction, with his lonely picture of a heavily armored Swamp Frog Mech standing guard in a marsh. Could it hop out [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

High-Flying Frog Was Not The First Amphibian To Reach For Outer Space

frog LADEE

The internet loves animals, and loves animals in surprising places even more. So when a photo emerged showing a frog flying alongside NASA’s Minotaur V rocket as it lifted off from it’s launchpad in Virginia earlier this month carrying the LADEE spacecraft towards the moon it was an immediate hit. It has since gone viral. [...]

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