HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Environment & Energy » Environment & Energy (Group) » Endangered Frogs Get Help...

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 05:03 PM

Endangered Frogs Get Helping Hand

Endangered Frogs Get Helping Hand

Researchers want to build a captive population of endangered limosa harlequin frogs.

Jane J. Lee

National Geographic News

Published March 28, 2013

Endangered amphibians such as the limosa harlequin frog (Atelopus limosus) now have a tiny bit of hope to cling to thanks to a captive breeding program run by a collaboration between conservation groups, including the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

For the first time, researchers with the captive breeding project have managed to raise nine limosa harlequin frogs from one mating pair, and they have hundreds of tadpoles on hand from a second breeding pair.

The diminutive amphibians—whose young are small enough to perch atop George Washington's face on the U.S. quarter—are of the chevron-patterned variety of limosa harlequin frog.

"These frogs represent the last hope for their species," said biologist Brian Gratwicke, of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in a statement.

They are part of a project aimed at saving populations of several priority frog species in Panama, including the crowned treefrog (Anotheca spinosa) and the horned marsupial frog (Gastrotheca cornuta).


0 replies, 454 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Reply to this thread