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IUCN Amphibian Update: Bad News in Australia, Good News in South America

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by birdsandbats, 8 Jul 2018.

  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

    17 Sep 2017
    This article talks about some updates made to amphibians on the Red List. The ones mentioned are:

    • Grassland Earless Dragon goes from Vulnerable to Endangered due to predation from Feral Cats.
    • Mitchell's Water Monitor goes from Endangered to Critically Endangered. Cane Toads are to blame here.
    • The Bartle Frere Cool-Skink is now listed as Vulnerbale due to climate change.
    • Four South American species have been rediscovered. The Rio Pescado Stubfoot Toad, Quito Stubfoot Toad, Carchi Andes Toad, and Atelopus nanay. Is is worth noting that the article has a picture of what appears to be Quito Stubfoot Toads mating in captivity.
    Red List update: Australian reptiles in crisis, surprise toad rediscovery
  2. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member 15+ year member

    13 Jun 2007
    New Zealand
    Article here from last year: Boy finds ‘extinct’ frog in Ecuador and helps revive species

    The researchers then faced the huge task of getting the 43 individuals rescued from the wild to reproduce in the lab.

    “For several months, the frogs would mate but never lay eggs,” Coloma recalls. “So we decided to move them to an outdoor enclosure.

    “When we finally discovered the eggs, we felt like Thomas Edison must have felt seeing an electric bulb lighting for the first time. It was extraordinary,” says Coloma.

    The resulting tadpoles are strong and feeding well.
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  3. AWP

    AWP Well-Known Member 5+ year member

    31 Aug 2017
    the Netherlands
    Centro Jambatu and Bioparque Amaru (I visited this zoo last year) are both involved in captive breeding programs for several of Ecuador's critically endangered stubfoot toads.
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