Friday, July 01, 2005

35 New Sri Lanka Frogs Discovered

"Researchers confirmed the discovery of 35 new frog species in Sri Lanka's dwindling rain forest over the past decade, but also found that 17 frog species have disappeared and 11 others face imminent extinction unless their habitat is protected.

A concerted effort from the government and international agencies is needed to preserve the frogs' rain forest home, warned researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, "or it's not going to be only the frogs that will be in trouble."

Pethiyagod and his team also found 50 previously unknown species of snails, 17 new crabs, seven new lizards, and a mysterious new species of mouse deer, according to their study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Pethiyagod and his team scoured Sri Lanka's forests, comparing what they found with Sri Lankan wildlife collected earlier and preserved in museums in London, Paris and Berlin. They found that 17 frog species previously found no longer existed in the wild."- Yahoo news

pretty cool, huh??


  • Wow!! That is really cool!!!! I love stories like these!:)

    By Blogger Ashley, at 3:13 PM  

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