Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rio Pescado stubfoot toad | Atelopus balios • Rediscovered after 15 years in Ecuador


FOUND! September 2010
Photograph: Eduardo Toral-Contreras
/Conservation International

Rio Pescado stubfoot toad | Atelopus balios
• Rediscovered after 15 years in Ecuador by Eduardo Toral-Contreras and Elicio Tapia. Researchers feared that the deadly amphibian chytridiomycosis had wiped out this species along with many other closely related species in Ecuador. This find is significant and very encouraging, offering an opportunity to protect this rare species

Last seen in 1995 in Ecuador
Photograph: Luis Coloma/Conservation International

This species lives on riverbanks and lowland rainforest in southwestern Ecuador. Little is known about their breeding habits, but it is likely that they breed in streams like other species in the genus.



FOUND! September 2010
Photograph: Eduardo Toral-Contreras
/Conservation International

Worldwide search for 'lost frogs' ends with 4% success, but some surprises:news.Mongabay.com/2011/0215-hance_lostfrogs.html

Haiti earthquake: Rediscovered frog species offer signs of hope -Gallery
Search launched for 'lost' amphibians - Guardian.co.uk/2010/lost-amphibians-frogs-search

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