Poisonous amphibian defenses are linked to higher extinction risk

Research published by a Swansea University scientist has found amphibians which have a toxic defence against predators - such as the iconic poison dart frogs - have a much higher risk of extinction than species which use other types of defence mechanisms. The key finding of Dr Kevin Arbuckle's latest study, published today (Wednesday, November [...]

Hope in the Face of 10,000 Deaths

Top photo: The Titicaca Water Frog is the world's largest aquatic frog. Their billows of skin help them breathe underwater. Photo © Arturo Muñoz Help save the Titicaca Water Frog: Make a donation to Amphibian Ark’s GoFundMe page When amphibian conservation biologist Arturo Muñoz describes the 2015 die-offs of the Titicaca Water Frog (Telmatobius culeus) on the Bolivian [...]

Reporting sick or dying amphibians or reptiles

The PARC Disease Task Team has created a system for people in the U.S. and Canada to report an incident of sick, dying, or multiple dead amphibians or reptiles. Simply send an email to: herp_disease_alert@parcplace.org IMPORTANT: Include in your email: Your name and e-mail address (for any follow-up questions) What you saw Where it was [...]

Species of the Week: Southern Mountain Yellow-legged Frog

Major habitat restoration moves ahead for two endangered montane frogs in California. After years of review and planning, the National Park Service (USA) is officially moving forward with major plans to restore high elevation aquatic ecosystems in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the Sierra Nevada of California. These actions will help recover two endangered [...]

HudsonAlpha GSC researchers complete new clawed frog genome

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in collaboration with a group of scientists affiliated with 46 institutions around the world, have sequenced an African clawed frog genome and used it to better understand the evolutionary history of the clawed frog. Their research was published today in Nature. “The most exciting finding in our analysis [...]

Call: Symposium proposals for the XI Latin American Congress of Herpetology

The organizing committee of the XI Latin American Congress of Herpetology has opened the call for symposia to be presented during the meeting from July 24-28, 2017 in the city of Quito, Ecuador. This call will remain open until December 1st, 2016. The proposal must be submitted by the symposium's coordinator and must include the symposium's [...]

Species of the Week: Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog

Nearly all of the reports on global patterns of amphibian extinction and decline have been bad news, with hundreds of species lost and thousands in jeopardy. A new report in PNAS (Knapp et al 2016) shows a regional pattern of recovery across hundreds of populations in Yosemite National Park for a charismatic species, the Sierra [...]

Frog rescue premier at wildlife conservation film festival-NYC

In a world where wildlife is under assault, conservation stories have become increasingly bleak. The frog rescue team of the Honduras Amphibian Recue and Conservation Center (HARCC) is diligently working to change that pattern. Teaming up with British filmmaker Katie Garrett, they recently started producing short films about amphibian conservation incorporating a delicate balance of science, beautiful imagery, [...]

A documentary to save Poison Dart Frogs and their rainforests

Poison Dart Frogs (Dendobatidae) are probably the most toxic animals alive and so they show to us by displaying a bright rainbow of colors on their skin. The poison is called batrachotoxin and causes paralysis or death when it enters the bloodstream, even in minuscule amounts. They are all small: the largest are no more [...]

Biology Without Borders: The Photography of Twan Leenders

Like Roger Tory Peterson, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (an Amphibian Survival Alliance partner) president Twan Leenders engages in international research and educational initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of the natural connections between species, habitats and people - connections that often transcend geographic and political boundaries. RTPI supports programs that study critical wintering habitats [...]