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20 February 2012

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.


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