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Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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Saving Salamanders: Vital to Ecosystem Health 15.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Amphibians—the big-eyed, swimming-crawling-jumping-climbing group of water and land animals that includes frogs, toads, salamanders and worm-like caecilians—are the world’s most endangered vertebrates. One-third of the planet’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Now, these vulnerable creatures are facing a new foe: the Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) fungus, which is the source of an emerging amphibian disease that caused the die-off of wild European salamander populations.
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In Theory: What ethical questions come to mind over the ‘de-extinction’ movement? 6.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A new book examines the questions raised by the proposed reintroduction of extinct species into their native habitats. In “Rise of the Necrofauna,” CBC broadcaster and science writer Britt Ray examines a number of perspectives on using genetic engineering to foment “de-extinction.”

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From 'Inky's Great Escape' to singing seahorses: Animal books for the holidays 22.11.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.
We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution. 22.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The only creatures we should go out of our way to protect are Homo sapiens.
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SF company that created Pokémon Go teams with Warner Bros. for 'Harry Potter' AR game 9.11.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology

Niantic Labs, a San Francisco company that attracted the world's attention in 2016 with an augmented reality game called Pokémon Go, is reportedly working on its next endeavor: a Harry Potter game.

Use of Glow Sticks in Traps Greatly Increases Amphibian Captures in Study 7.11.2017 Environmental News Network
With amphibian populations declining around the world and funds to find the causes scarce, a team of Penn State researchers has shown that an unorthodox tactic will make it easier and therefore less expensive to capture adult salamanders and frogs.
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How did these creepy critters achieve Halloween super stardom? 31.10.2017 TreeHugger
Halloween just wouldn’t be spookacular without spiders, owls, toads, bats, and other creatures of the night. But how did these specific animals make the cut?
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Photo: Tiny frog lives in a vanishing world 19.10.2017 TreeHugger
Our photo of the day comes one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.
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World Animal Day 2017: 7 unusual pets you might be interested in 4.10.2017 Life-style – The Indian Express
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Camp Pendleton under consent decree after rats, frogs found in water supply 29.9.2017 LA Times: Environment

Camp Pendleton officials swear that the water consumed by 55,000 Marines and their families is safe, despite a pair of scathing state and federal investigations indicating chronic problems in the treatment systems at the sprawling military base.

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It Rained Fish In Mexico, Officials Say. No, It's Not The End Times (We Think) 29.9.2017 NPR News
The director of civil protection in Tamaulipas state confirmed reports that several fish fell from the sky during a light rain. And as it turns out, the phenomenon isn't exactly unprecedented.
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'Snot otters' get a second chance in Ohio 14.9.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
North America's largest amphibian, the Hellbender salamander, is in trouble. They are endangered in several states. A team in Ohio is trying to save them before it's too late.
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VIDEO: Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio 14.9.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
North America's largest amphibian, the Hellbender salamander, is in trouble. They are endangered in several states. A team in Ohio is trying to save them before it's too late.
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Inoculations give endangered California frog a shot at life 31.8.2017 Seattle Times: Local

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Endangered California frogs are getting an immunity boost from scientists who are scooping them up from remote Sierra Nevada ponds and sending them to big city zoos for inoculation, giving them a fighting chance to beat extinction, officials said Wednesday. The experiment aims to rescue the 3-inch mountain yellow-legged frog — […]
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Our vertebrate relatives have evolved plenty of 31.7.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
Xmas comes very early for us this year, with a tremendous guide to all our ancestors and their evolution into modern forms. You will need a subscription to Nature to read the details but we have the lowdown on the nitty-gritty of fishies and birdies too!
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Newly discovered Nevada toad species already under threat 23.7.2017 Seattle Times: Local

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s new toad species is already on the brink of extinction. Conservationists are preparing an emergency petition to have the Dixie Valley toad listed as an endangered species to protect it from a proposed geothermal energy project at the edge of its isolated home in Churchill County. Nevada researchers only recently […]
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An unlikely wildlife haven 16.7.2017 Washington Post
Guantanamo Bay is home to rare boas and iguanas, animals that thrive behind the military base’s protective perimeter.
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US Supreme Court asked to step into endangered frog case 13.7.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Libertarian organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a declaration that Louisiana timberland is critical habitat for an endangered frog found only in Mississippi. The nonprofit Pacific Legal Foundation wants the high court to overturn lower court rulings that have upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which […]
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How Frogs Benefited From The Dinosaurs' Extinction 4.7.2017 NPR News
Frogs are "master survivors," able to take advantage of the ecological vacuum left behind by extinct animals. Scientists say nine in 10 frog species descended from three surviving frog lineages.
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Research project stresses on need to declare Amboli as ‘protected area’ 27.6.2017 Pune – The Indian Express
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