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Amphibians facing 'terrifying' rate of extinction

If the current rapid extermination of animals, plants and other species really is the "sixth mass extinction", then it is the amphibian branch of the tree of life that is undergoing the most drastic pruning.

In research described as "terrifying" by an independent expert, scientists predict the future for frogs, toads, newts and salamanders is even more bleak than conservationists had realised.

Around half of amphibian species are in decline, while a third are already threatened with extinction. But scientists now predict that areas with the highest diversity of amphibian species will be under the most intense threat in the future.

And they warn that a three-pronged threat could also cause populations to decline faster than previously thought.

Like many creatures, amphibians have been hit hard by climate change and habitat loss. But they have also been decimated by the spread of the deadly fungal disease chytridiomycosis.



Kihansi spray toad Nectophrynoides asperginis

Less than 2cm long, this toad is adapted to living in the spray of the Kihansi and Mhalala waterfalls in the Udzungwa mountains of Tanzania.


Waxy Monkey Tree Frog-2

 これは、ガーディアンの本紙では写真が紹介されていたWaxy Monkey Tree Frogという名前の変える。初めて知った。ネットで見つけた写真だとかなり大きいと思われるかもしれないが、実際は数センチらしい。





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