Rainforest EXPLORER: News & Notes
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Frog Mass Extinction on the Horizon

Frog Mass Extinction on the Horizon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The deadly chytrid fungus is blamed for most of the 200 recent amphibian disappearances, with more to come
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In 2014 a group of students from the Derryfield school in New Hampshire traveled with their teacher and Marcy Sieggreen from the Detroit Zoo to investigate chytrid fungus in the Amazon.  It was a lesson in the challenges of field work - and its importance in understanding our world. 

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Rainforest frogs flourish with artificial homes

Rainforest frogs flourish with artificial homes | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A rainforest frog population grew by about 50 percent when scientists built pools for tadpoles that mimic puddles made by other animals.
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Little Frog in Brazil Helps Conservation of Rainforest - The Epoch Times

Little Frog in Brazil Helps Conservation of Rainforest - The Epoch Times | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The brilliant thighed frog is common across the Amazon River Basin, but conservation efforts will be studying this small frog as river habitats change.
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High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon

High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Often touted as low-impact, remote oil roads in the Amazon are, in fact, having a large impact on frogs living in flowers in the upper canopy, according to a ne
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Pictures: Peru Park Boasts Highest Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles

Pictures: Peru Park Boasts Highest Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals richest biodiversity, and new species, of amphibians and reptiles in Peru's Manú National Park.
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Manú passes Yasuní as the park or protected area with the highest number of amphiban and reptile species on the planet! 

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Hundreds of Amazonian Frog Species Are Hiding in Plain Sight

Hundreds of Amazonian Frog Species Are Hiding in Plain Sight | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new look at cryptic species has unearthed a treasure trove of chill frogs.
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Rediscovery raises hope for other survivors

Rediscovery raises hope for other survivors | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scientists hopeful of finding other amphibian species presumed to have been wiped out by chytrid fungus infection Sightings of a toad thought to be extinct in Costa Rica have lead researchers to believe other isolated fragments of Central America's...
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Wahoooo!  Good news from our other favorite rainforest country - Costa Rica!

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Poisonous Frogs Inspire De-icing Tech for Planes

Poisonous Frogs Inspire De-icing Tech for Planes | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Plane wings could de-ice themselves by secreting anti-freeze.

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A Hundred Ways to Be a Frog

A Hundred Ways to Be a Frog | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A plant ecologist follows herpetologists through the species-rich forests of Amazonian Peru.
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Some like it loud: Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in poisonous frogs

Some like it loud: Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in poisonous frogs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Species of poison frogs that utilize bright warning coloration as protection from predators are more likely to develop louder, more complex calls than relatives that rely on camouflage. New research indicates that because these visual cues establish certain species as unsavory prey, they are free to make noisy calls in plain sight and better attract possible mates.
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Just touching the golden poison frog can kill you

Just touching the golden poison frog can kill you | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A conservationist is trying to save the frog, whose Colombia habitat is under assault by development and mining.
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The golden poison frog is both feared and coveted. Its scientific name, Phyllobates terribilis, includes “the terrible” because its toxins are so poisonous.

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New study raises hope to successfully fight chytrid amphibian pathogen

New study raises hope to successfully fight chytrid amphibian pathogen | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers has made important progress in understanding the distribution of the deadly amphibian chytrid pathogen.
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Yay! 

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High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon

High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Often touted as low-impact, remote oil roads in the Amazon are, in fact, having a large impact on frogs living in flowers in the upper canopy, according to a new paper published in PLOS ONE.

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Often touted as low-impact, remote oil roads in the Amazon are, in fact, having a large impact on frogs living in bromeliads in the upper canopy.  

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The terrifying toad that tried to swallow a bat WHOLE

The terrifying toad that tried to swallow a bat WHOLE | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A ranger in the Peruvian rainforest captured the moment the cane toad snatched a hapless bat out of the air but later spat it out after failing to swallow it.
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Ever heard the phrase "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach" when you put more on your plate than you could eat? It certainly applies to this toad when it decided a bat would be just great for dinner.  The Peruvian Amazon...it just continues to amaze! 

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