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Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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Behold: 4 new species of tiny frogs smaller than a fingernail 23.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Scientists in India say the frogs are actually fairly common but have eluded discovery likely because of their extremely small size, secretive habitats and unusual calls.
Behold: 4 New Species Of Tiny Frogs Smaller Than A Fingernail 23.2.2017 NPR Health Science
Scientists in India say the frogs are actually fairly common but have eluded discovery likely because of their extremely small size, secretive habitats and unusual calls.
Appeals court won’t re-hear the ‘dusky gopher frog’ case 14.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Advocates for an endangered species of frog have won a victory in a case that’s headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal appeals court in New Orleans has refused to revive an environmental case involving the “dusky gopher frog.” Last year, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court […]
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River otters are thriving again in Colorado, showing statewide conservation efforts can work 11.2.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Spunky fish-chomping river otters who faced extinction in Colorado and other Western states are bouncing back -- evidence that keeping waterways clean and protecting wetlands brings results.
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African penguins are being ‘trapped’ by climate change 11.2.2017 LA Times: Science

Climate change and overfishing off Africa’s southern tip have set a “trap” for endangered African penguins leaving their nests.

The young penguins swim thousands of miles from where they hatched, following biological signposts advertising a buffet of anchovies and sardines. What they don’t realize...

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As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack 10.2.2017 LA Times: Science

One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too. Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly.

The system,...

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Tiny Frog Last Seen In 1962 Found In The Mountains Of Zimbabwe 7.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Francois Becker knows his frog calls ― and he knows them well. But in early December, while conducting research near the summit of a remote mountain in eastern Zimbabwe, the ecologist heard a call he could not quite place. “When I first heard [it], I thought it might be an insect,” Becker, a graduate student at the University of Cape Town, told The Huffington Post over email on Monday. “It was a soft, high-pitched whistle repeated several times.”  But as he got closer to the sound, Becker determined that it wasn’t an insect at all. “The ‘texture’ of the call, for lack of a better word, confirmed that it was probably a frog,” he said. Specifically, a kind of Arthroleptis frog.  Arthroleptis is a genus of frogs endemic to tropical sub-Saharan Africa. They’re known for their high-pitched whistling calls and tiny stature (the largest species of the genus, Arthroleptis tanneri , grows to just two inches long). They are also direct breeders, meaning they ― unlike most other frogs — are born as fully formed ...
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Trusts aren't a surefire way of making your HOA property judgment-proof 4.2.2017 LA Times: Business

Question: We own a townhouse in a homeowner association that shares a wall with our next-door neighbor. We also own a detached single-family dwelling in a gated community some 50 miles away where the HOA board takes care of the common areas, pools and tennis courts. Both properties are mortgage-free.

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'Pretty Disgusting Snot-Like Spit' Lets Frogs Catch Their Prey 4.2.2017 NPR: Saturday
Frog tongues are super soft and wrap around their prey while secreting a sticky spit that changes consistency. Alexis Noel of Georgia Tech tells NPR's Scott Simon how she studied the amphibians.
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L.A. city attorney demands list of people detained at LAX under Trump's travel order 4.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security turn over a list of travelers detained, questioned or returned to their country of origin under President Trump’s travel ban executive order.

Feuer on Friday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John...

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Trump orders review of Dodd-Frank financial regulations, suspends retirement advisor rule 4.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump took aim at financial regulations on Friday, ordering a review of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law that could lead to major changes and suspending a conflict-of-interest rule for retirement advisors before it goes into effect this spring.

Trump targeted major initiatives of...

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Here's what's at stake as Trump moves to unravel Dodd-Frank 4.2.2017 LA Times: Business

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that calls for his administration to review the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, with an eye toward revising or eliminating parts of the 2010 law.

An administration official told reporters that the law “in many respects was a piece of...

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The stunning beauty of Big Bend National Park stretches across two countries. Could it survive a wall? 3.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

If it belonged to anyone, this expanse of high desert was first the domain of the nomadic Chisos Indians, who were killed off by the Apaches, who were defeated by the Spanish, who were run off by the Comanches — until white settlers imported repeating rifles and put an end to all debate about who...

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To Catch Prey, Frogs Turn to Sticky Spit 1.2.2017 NPR Health Science
Frogs are unmatched in their speed and ability to catch prey. It's all about their super-soft tongue and specialized saliva, say researchers, who got saliva to test by scraping frogs' tongues.
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Gingrich joins Trump's war on media 'mortal enemies' 26.1.2017 Washington Post
Gingrich joins Trump's war on media 'mortal enemies'
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Mugshots of extinct animals 11.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
When professional photographers talk about "the field," they're often referring to some far-flung rainforest or iceberg -- a distant locale where they travel to make interesting pictures.
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One Artist's Mission to Save Endangered Species: Louis Masai Completes "The Art Of Beeing" Tour 6.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES:  Louis Masai, Leaping Frogs and Crawling Crayfish in LA : “The Art Of Beeing” “I painted the Shasta crayfish (or as Americans call it; crawfish) in Venice, an endangered species native to northeast California There are only seven remaining populations of the Shasta crayfish left and are found only in Shasta County, California, in the Pit River drainage and two tributary systems, Fall River and Hat Creek drainages,” -LM PHOENIX:  A Jaguar in Phoenix: Louis Masai and “The Art Of Beeing” “It’s always hard to formulate too much of an understanding of a city when you are only there for a very short time…and I guess a lot of this trip has been that way, but even more so in Phoenix, with only two nights and one day.” -LM TEXAS & TENNESSEE:   Flying Squirrels and Houston Toads : Louis Masai “I guess the attraction is the abundance of frats and bar culture in the area. I got to know a handful of these homeless folks over the five days this mural took to complete and I can definitely see that the new ...
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We'll Never See These Animals Again 31.12.2016 Mother Jones
If 2016 was a rough year for the animal kingdom, 2017 could be worse. Most scientists agree that we are experiencing a sixth mass extinction, but unlike the previous five that extended over hundreds of millions of years and occurred because of cataclysmic natural disasters, humans are responsible for this one. Climate change, agricultural expansion , wildlife crime, pollution, and disease have created a shocking acceleration in the disappearance of species. The World Wildlife Fund recently predicted that more than two-thirds of the vertebrate population—mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles—would be lost over the next three years if extinctions continue at the current rate. A 2015 study that appeared in the journal Science Advances suggests that the rate of vertebrate extinction has increased nearly 100 times. Paul Ehrlich, a professor of population studies at Stanford University and a co-author of the study, notes half the life forms that people know about are already extinct. Another study, ...
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The Repository of Depravity: Dismembered Animals Line the Shelves of a Federal Warehouse 27.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A visit to a macabre federal warehouse for storing confiscated animal products evokes the story of Noah's Ark. But this surreal place is a tableau of extinction, not preservation. The shelves of animal parts offer a chilling look at humans' disregard for other species. A zebra in Colorado's National Wildlife Property Repository is tragically and surrealistically removed from where he belongs. (Copyright © Britta Jaschinski 2016)It is hard to describe the array of confiscated animals and animal parts that fills the shelves of the National Wildlife Property Repository, a federal warehouse on the fringes of Denver, Colorado. With multiple representatives of every species imaginable, it seems at first a bit like an ark, but a perverse one: perhaps fittingly so for our precarious ecological situation. These animals did not walk up the gangplank as in familiar representations of the biblical scene. They arrived lifeless, inanimate: not really animals so much as things. They are arrayed not two-by-two or ...
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... frogs, too 26.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The "blue jeans" frog is practically screaming to be noticed. Its head is blood red, and its legs are denim blue. It looks like it's wearing jeggings. But this little critter, also known as the strawberry poison dart frog, is only about the size of a fingernail. It spends most of its time either high up in the trees in this Central American rainforest or rooting around in the gooey "leaf litter" of the forest floor.
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