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Froggy Find – Missing Species Returns

Posted March 17, 2010 12:01 AM by SavvyExacta

More animals join the endangered species list every year – threatened by various factors and the possibility of joining the dreaded list of extinct species. We think of extinct animals, like dinosaurs, as being gone for good. But what if some of these animals aren't really gone?

Yellow-Spotted Bell Frog

Native to Australia, the yellow-spotted bell frog has supposedly been extinct for about 30 years. The species was thought to have been wiped out by chytrid fungus – an ailment that infects the skin, interfering with ability to absorb water and oxygen.

However, the yellow-spotted bell frog was recently rediscovered in the rural farmland of New South Wales, Australia. A colony of about 100 of these frogs was found by a conservation officer looking for another animal.

Officials collected six tadpoles from the location. These were raised and placed in the Taronga Zoo near Sydney, Australia to help preserve the species.

Hundreds of NEW Species

The Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC) announced in 2009 that between 129 and 221 new species of frogs has been found on the island of Madagascar. Over the previous 15 years about 100 species had been discovered.

It's amazing to think that despite the sadness of losing species throughout the world, so many new discoveries are yet to be made. Hopefully, as in the case of the yellow-spotted bell frog, other "extinct" species are still thriving hidden away somewhere.

Resources:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35706909/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=extinct-australian-frog-reappears-3-2010-03-04

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=worlds-frogs-disappearing-save-the-2009-04-28

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/05/06/eco.madagascar.frogs/index.html

http://www.fnpw.com.au/ForSupporters/PAWS/enews3/yellow_spotted_bell_frog.jpg

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03/17/2010 5:47 AM

Frogs are excellent and a good indicator of the state of the environment.
I'm eagerly awaiting the night time croaking from my garden pond which is one of the heralds of spring. wurrrrrrrp wuuuuurrrrp

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03/17/2010 7:17 AM

Too true! I miss living in a rural area and hearing the "peepers" on spring and summer evenings. Can't wait to move out of the city!

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03/17/2010 9:00 AM

So you can find them in the dark and play with them?

Naughty Kitty...

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03/17/2010 10:47 AM

No no.. I wub the Froggies.. they are my loyal subjects and I the king of their pooliverse!
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(It's the only corner of the garden which I can consider 'mine' Mrs Cat is in charge of everything else in the garden...I just provide the muscle power when required...e.g I'm only fit to shovel sh1t. Ohhh as it happens it's our wedding aniversary today 37 years)

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03/27/2010 3:36 PM

A bit late...I hope your wedding anniversary was a delight: Congratulations!!!!

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03/27/2010 4:29 PM

It was ta, the thing is it's Mrs Cat's birthday next week...no idea what to get her.
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03/31/2010 4:10 AM

More silk underwear!

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03/31/2010 6:22 AM

No, no, I'm still sulking about the silk Pjs I bought her over 20 years ago and she never wore 'em

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03/31/2010 6:33 AM

Aha!! So your present could be that you wear the pjs on her special day!

Well, it would be memorable...

Poor puddytat. Where'd I put that tin of salmon....?

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03/18/2010 12:42 AM

A feline interest - especially at dinner time - keeping an ear pricked for the croak of a supposedly resurrected species of frog is rather alarming.

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03/17/2010 2:22 PM

Although it happens rarely, it is always good to see once-considered-to-be extinct animals be rediscovered instead of the other way around. Hopefully they won't be eaten like the buttonquail...

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03/18/2010 1:28 AM

Climate change may bring unexpected changes too eh!

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03/18/2010 10:14 AM

After the massive floods here in Australia I expect we will see a large rebound in the frog species, unfortunately it will also spread our dreaded Cane Toad which is very bad for our other wildlife. Hopefully the pluses will outweigh the negatives.

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