New frog species discovered in Thailand

Phu Luang National ParkFrom All Headline News:

Thai Scientists Find New Color Changing Species Of Mountain Frog

May 25th, 2007

Bangkok, Thailand – Researchers in Thailand have found a new species of mountain frog that changes color in respond to its surroundings.

Detailing the find during a conference on bio-diversity and climate change in Bangkok Tuesday, researchers expressed fear that the species could be on the risk of extinction due to human activities such as agricultural use of chemicals at high altitudes and tourism.

According to biologists, the frog which is scientifically named as Odorrana aureola can grow to 80 millimeters and has a green body which occasionally turns yellowish brown.

The species is unique to country’s the Phu Luang National Park located in forestland bordering three mountainous northeastern provinces, Tanya Chan-ard, the curator of Bangkok’s National Science said in the conference.

According to Tanya, the female frogs are bigger than their male counterparts, but fewer in number, making them especially vulnerable to risk of extinction.

The frog was confirmed as a new species last year after a specimen was sent for further examination to the experts in the U.S.

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  1. Oct 23, 4:20 PM EDT

    Land in Puerto Rico set aside for frog

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday designated rocky stream banks and privately owned land in southeastern Puerto Rico as critical habitat for a threatened species of the coqui frog, a national symbol of the Caribbean island.

    The guajon, one of 17 species of frogs in the genus Eleutherodactylus – known locally as coquis for the “co-kee” sound made by two types – will be protected in 260 acres of land adjacent to farms, roads and homes spanning a southeastern section of the tropical island.

    All of the protected parcels are part of the historical range of the small frog and support suitable habitat for the species’ conservation, according to a statement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

    The 3.3-inch-long frog, which has been protected as a threatened species since 1997, is endemic to the U.S. Caribbean territory. Deforestation and industrial development has destroyed much of the amphibian’s natural habitat, conservationists say.

    Tuesday’s decision was in response to a 2003 lawsuit filed against the federal agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior by the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity.

    In Puerto Rico and nearby islands, experts believe three of 17 known Eleutherodactylus species are extinct and seven or eight are declining.

    © 2007 The Associated Press.


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