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Global Search for 'lost' frogs yields few findings, important warnings

18 February 2011
Rio Pescado stubfoot toad (Atelpus balios), one of the rediscovered species in the Lost Frogs/Amphibian Campaign (photo © Eduardo Toral-Contreras)

Concerns Raised about Species' Future as Unprecedented Search for Threatened Amphibians Finds 15 'Missing' Species — including new Rediscoveries in India & Ecuador — but Falls Short Locating Many More

A glimmer of hope, but much cause for concern. Those are the reactions from teams of scientists from around the world that have returned from an unprecedented search for 100 species of "lost" amphibians — frogs, salamanders, and caecilians  that have not been seen in a decade or longer, and may now be extinct.  The Search for Lost Frogs, launched in August by Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), with support from Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), sought to document the survival status and whereabouts of threatened species of amphibians which they had hoped were holding on in a few remote places.



Related Links:

  • Read full story (also en Español & em Português), including links to high-resolution photos, links to previous reports of re-discovered amphibians, found species in India and Haiti, new species from Colombia, Top 10 "Lost" Amphibian Species, additional surprises and recoveries, media content, and more.
  • Conservation International's "Search for Lost Frogs" interactive website (with maps, fun frog facts, photos, a quiz, posters, reports, blogs and more)
  • IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group

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