American bullfrogs in Borneo: a disaster waiting to happen?

Every Sunday morning the length of Jalan Gaya (Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo) is closed off to traffic to make way for the Sunday Market. I arrived at 8.30 in the morning (early for me on a Sunday) and the market was already in full throng. Everything you could possibly want (and many things you [...]

#AmphibianHero: CREA

We sat down with Michael S. Roy, Founder and President of CREA, a new Amphibian Survival Alliance Partner whose very vision is where every person is an advocate for the conservation of nature to get a sense of the future of amphibians, what they're doing to help safeguard that future and how you can help as well. Amphibians the world [...]

The magical discovery of the “punk rocker” frog

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][text_output]A first-person account from the researchers who find the science-defying amphibian One would think that it would be warm hanging out on the equator, but at an elevation of 1,750 meters on a rainy night, it’s actually fairly cold. My husband Tim and I, however, are warmed by adrenaline because around every slippery turn, [...]

Shape-shifting “punk rocker” frog discovered in cloud forest of Ecuador

Scientists have discovered a frog in Ecuador that can do what no other vertebrate has ever been documented to do—rapidly change skin texture from smooth to spiny. Researchers from Reserva Las Gralarias, Universidad Indoamérica and Tropical Herping in Ecuador revealed their findings today* in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, challenging the traditional scientific [...]

Gli anfibi “megadiversi” del Madagascar a rischio per la scoperta di un letale fungo microscopico

I conservazionisti di tutto il mondo si stanno mobilitando per fronteggiare la potenziale patologia che minaccia le oltre 500 specie di rane malgasce Il letale fungo microscopico noto come Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), causa dell’estinzione di diverse popolazioni di anfibi in America centrale, Australia, Stati Uniti occidentali, Europa e Africa orientale, è stato identificato anche sull’isola [...]

Part 4 of 4: Angelica Crottini shares her reaction to the potentially devastating discovery of Bd in Madagascar

Franco Andreone and Angelica Crottini in the field. Photo couresty of Franco Andreone. The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in Madagascar, according to a new paper out this [...]

Part 3 of 4: Molly Bletz shares her reaction to the potentially devastating discovery of Bd in Madagascar

Field sampling in Ankaratra. From left to right: Reid Harris, Che Weldon, Molly Bletz, Vatosoa Rabemananjara. Photo courtesy of Reid Harris. The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in [...]

Part 2 of 4: Reid Harris shares his reaction to the potentially devastating discovery of Bd in Madagascar

Field sampling at night in Ankaratra.  Faly Rabemananjara at far left; Reid Harris and Molly Bletz at far right (sitting). The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in Madagascar, [...]

Part 1 of 4: Researchers share reactions to potentially devastating discovery of amphibian fungal disease in Madagascar

The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in Madagascar, according to a new paper out this week in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper documents the detection of Bd [...]

The “megadiverse” frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after discovery of a potentially deadly fungus

Conservationists worldwide mobilize to address emerging threat to more than 500 Malagasy frog species The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in Madagascar, according to a new paper released today in the [...]