August 1, 2012

3,000 amphibians discovered in 25 years

Glass Frog dicsovered in Peru3,000 amphibians discovered in 25 years, with a new discovery this week making a total of 7,000

There are now more than 7,000 amphibians known to science with 3,000 discovered in just the last twenty-five years, a rate of a new discovery every two-and-a-half-days. One hundred amphibian species have been discovered in 2012 alone.

New glass frog discoveredThis week the world’s 7000th amphibian was discovered. Centrolene sabini is a glass frog from Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Alessandro Catenazzi.

Despite these new discoveries, the global amphibian population is in sharp decline. The IUCN Red List estimates that more than 40 percent of amphibians are at risk, while more than 150 species are known to have gone extinct since the early 1980s. The decreasing populations is attributed to the effects of climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, invasive species and the spread of chytridiomycosis, a deadly fungal disease.

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Source: AmphibiaWeb and Mongabay


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