New frog species discovery in Brazil


This video says about itself:

Dec 11, 2012

Trip into bamboo forest of Eastern Paraguay yields new tree frog.

From Zootaxa journal:

A new species of the Scinax catharinae group (Anura, Hylidae) from Serra da Canastra, southwestern state of Minas Gerais, Brazil

ANA CAROLINA CALIJORNE LOURENÇO1,4, ANDRÉ LUIZ GOMES DE CARVALHO2, DÉLIO BAÊTA1, TIAGO LEITE PEZZUTI3 & FELIPE SÁ FORTES LEITE3

1 Departamento de Vertebrados, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Quinta da Boa Vista, São Cristóvão, CEP
20940–040, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
2 Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, USA, 10024.
3 Laboratório de Herpetologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
4 Corresponding author. E-mail:carolcalijorne@gmail.com

Abstract

We describe Scinax pombali sp. n. a new species of treefrog of the Scinax catharinae group from Serra da Canastra, municipality
of Capitólio (20o36’03’’S, 46o17’34.9’’W, 987 m a.s.l.), located in the Cerrado domains of the State of Minas
Gerais, Southeastern Brazil. The new species is characterized by its small size, blotches and color pattern on dorsal surface
and hidden regions of flanks and thighs, canthus rostralis lightly concave and well marked, absent nuptial pad, and lack
of externally differentiated inguinal gland. Additionally, we describe the tadpole of this new species, which is characterized
by the large-sized oral disc and presence of a large number of marginal papillae (two to three rows on its dorsal portion
and some rows in unorganized arrangement on its lateroventral portion).

Key words: Hylidae, Dendropsophini, Scinax pombali sp. nov., Serra da Canastra, Brazil

How landowners can help reptiles, amphibians, video


This video from Canada says about itself:

Helpful tips on how to better manage your land to benefit not only amphibians and reptiles, but overall ecological health. You don’t have to be a professional land manager or a herpetologist to enjoy and learn from these.

Episode 7 of a year-long 24 episode education-outreach video series starring Whit Gibbons: Herpetologist, Author, that we produced in cooperation with The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy.

NATO airstrike kills Afghan civilians


An Afghan boy wounded in the air strike in Kunar province that left 10 civilians dead is treated in a hospital. Photograph: Namatullah Karyab/AFP/Getty Images

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Nato air strike kills civilians in eastern Afghanistan, officials say

If confirmed as Nato action, deaths of 10 civilians, including five children, likely to renew tensions between Karzai and Nato

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul

Wednesday 13 February 2013 08.42 GMT

A Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians, five of them children, and wounded five other children, Afghan officials said. …

If confirmed the latest deaths are likely to spark protests and renew tensions over civilian casualties between the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, and the Nato-led military coalition.

A single home in the remote Sultan valley, in Kunar province, was hit by bombs around 3am on Wednesday, said Wasifullah Wasifi, spokesman for the provincial governor. …

“Four women and five children were killed, and five children wounded. One man, who was the leader of the family, was also killed, according to reports from the site,” Farid told the Guardian by phone from Kunar.

Australian baby dolphin endangers, saves pod


This is a video from Australia on moving a baby dolphin away from the shore in order to prevent its pod from beaching.

From Wildlife Extra about this:

Dolphin pod saved using baby dolphin as a lure

Large pod of dolphins off Albany

February 2013. Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) staff have successfully herded a large pod of dolphins out to sea avoiding a potential mass stranding at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve on Western Australia’s south coast.

Pantropical spotted dolphins

Between 100-150 pantropical spotted dolphins Stenella attenuata were discovered milling around in shallow water at Whalers Cove, south-east of Albany yesterday morning at 9.00am. One dolphin had already died. DEC officers monitored the dolphins until high tide yesterday when conditions were suitable for the pod to be herded out to deeper water.

Lured into deep water by baby dolphin

Regional leader nature conservation Deon Utber said DEC officers translocated a juvenile dolphin by boat to deeper waters as part of the operation.

“The juvenile was sending out distress signals, which was calling the dolphins in, as soon as it was translocated to deeper waters the pod followed it out and last we saw they were swimming out to sea,” he said.

There was no sign of the pod the following morning. A DEC spotter plane conducted aerial surveillance off the coastline but the pod could not be found.