Lungless frog discovered in Indonesia

This National Geographic video is about water holding frogs from Australia.

From CBC in Canada:

Scientists find first lungless frog

April 7, 2008

Researchers working in Borneo have discovered the only known frog with no lungs, the team reported Monday.

National University of Singapore biologist David Bickford, the lead researcher, said in a release that the frog, Barbourula kalimantanensis, has an “amazing ability to breathe entirely through its skin.”

The tiny frog, measuring less than 40 mm and weighing 6.5 grams, was found in western Kalimantan, Indonesia, in August by researchers employing new search methods.

It lives in cold, rushing water and is so rare that the only previous evidence of the species was reported 30 years ago.

The researchers said the frog receives all necessary oxygen through its skin. Among four-legged creatures, only amphibians are known to breathe without lungs — previously only in two families of salamanders and a species of caecillian, a limbless amphibian.

See also here.

Concave-eared torrent frog: here.

Banteng in Kalimantan: here.

2 thoughts on “Lungless frog discovered in Indonesia

  1. Indonesia shuffles police chief after logging case
    Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:14am EDT

    JAKARTA (Reuters) – The police chief in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province has been moved to Jakarta following the arrest last week of three policemen in the area in a case involving illegal logging, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

    Indonesia has suffered from rapid deforestation, partly due to rampant illegal logging. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has promised to tackle the problem as part of his campaign to crack down on corruption.

    “The national police chief hopes there will be no more illegal logging with the shuffle” of the West Kalimantan police chief, police spokesman Major General Abubakar Nataprawira told Reuters.

    Three police officials in West Kalimantan’s Ketapang district were arrested last week in a case involving illegal logging.

    Nataprawira said the transfer of West Kalimantan police chief Brigadier General Zainal Abidin Ishak to Jakarta was linked to the case, but the police chief himself was not directly involved in illegal logging.

    The spokesman said Ishak was transferred to the staff at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta and his replacement would take over in the next day or so.

    (Reporting by Telly Nathalia; Writing by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by Sara Webb and Jerry Norton)

    © Reuters 2008


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