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21 February 2012

A NEW FAMILY OF LEGLESS AMPHIBIANS DISCOVERED IN INDIA


A new family of caecilian amphibians, the Chikilidae, has been discovered and named from a biodiversity hotspot in India.
Read a news release HERE

20 February 2012

NEW GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS FOR THE PYGMY NILE CROCODYLE 

A team of researchers, trained by the late John Thorbjarnarson, and working at the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda (Africa), are finding new areas that are home to one of the least known crocodilians in Africa, the pygmy Nile crocodile.Their conservation status remains unknown.
Read more at The Wildlife Conservation Society link
ONE OF THE LAST TWO RABB'S FRINGE-LIMBED TREE FROG DIED IN CAPTIVITY

The Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) was identified by Zoo Atlanta's herpetology curator Joseph Mendelson during a 2005 trip to Panama, and formally described to science in 2008. It was already a non-common species when discovered, probably due to a a fungus pathogen outbreak where it occurs. It has not been observed in the wild since 2007 and it is believed to be extinct.


Only two specimens were known to be alive outside its natural habitat, both kept in the botanical garden in Atlanta, USA. Unfortunatelly, one of them die due to ill health, although it was preserved for future genetic studies.


16 February 2012

NEW DWARF CHAMELEONS AMONG THE SMALLEST TERRESTRIAL VERTEBRATES
From the paper's 'background': "One clade of Malagasy leaf chameleons, the Brokesia minima group, is known to contain species that rank among the smallest amniotes in the world. We report on a previously unrecognized radiation of these miniaturized lizards comprising four new species described herein".
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0031314

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