Amphibians of Costa Rica: Diversity & Threats

We are pleased to announce an upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Webinar featuring amphibian biologist Victor Acosta Chaves discussing “The Amphibians of Costa Rica: Diversity & Threats”. This free online presentation will feature amazing photos of Costa Rica’s amphibians and an abundance of information on their ecology, the threats they face, and ways to save them. Continue reading Amphibians of Costa Rica: Diversity & Threats

Save The Frogs Research Project on Chytrid Fungus in California Published

In 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! received a grant from the Alameda County Fish & Game Commission to research disease outbreaks in Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs (Rana boylii) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The research was published in the journal Ecosphere. You can read the abstract below, or download the PDF of the publication here. Photo … Continue reading Save The Frogs Research Project on Chytrid Fungus in California Published

Chytrid fungus found in Madagascar frogs

The “megadiverse” frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after discovery of a potentially deadly fungus Conservationists worldwide mobilize to address emerging threat to more than 500 Malagasy frog species The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, … Continue reading Chytrid fungus found in Madagascar frogs

Why has the USFWS not taken action on chytrid fungus?

From Peter Jenkins, Executive Director of the Center for Invasive Species Protection and formerly from Defenders of Wildlife, who 4 years ago co-authored this petition to the USFWS regarding amphibians and the chytrid fungus: Four years after filing the Defenders Bd Petition, it is disappointing to hear that the science has become more compelling, yet … Continue reading Why has the USFWS not taken action on chytrid fungus?

PhD opportunities to study chytridiomycosis in Queensland

Announcement from James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland Projects: 1) Immunity to amphibian chytridiomycosis and 2) Virulence of amphibian chytridiomycosis Chytridiomycosis has caused amphibian declines and extinctions globally as it has spread through naïve populations. It is now endemic in much of its suitable range in Australia where it still causes high mortality rates and … Continue reading PhD opportunities to study chytridiomycosis in Queensland

Petitions urge protections for native amphibians from deadly disease

Regulating live trade could help prevent amphibian extinctions from chytridiomycosis • On September 9, 2009, Defenders of Wildlife filed two detailed petitions – one with the Department of the Interior and the other with the Department of Agriculture – urging them to immediately regulate live amphibian imports in the pet, food, scientific and live bait … Continue reading Petitions urge protections for native amphibians from deadly disease

Protocol for the Detection of Chytrid Fungus Using Quantitative PCR Techinques

In terms of its effect on biodiversity, chytridiomycosis is quite possibly the worst disease in recorded history. The disease, caused by a pathogenic chytrid fungus, has caused amphibian population declines in Australia, South America, North America, Central America, New Zealand, Europe, and Africa, and is likely responsible for over 100 species extinctions since the 1970’s. … Continue reading Protocol for the Detection of Chytrid Fungus Using Quantitative PCR Techinques

Protocol for the Detection of Chytrid Fungus Using Quantitative PCR Techinques

In terms of its effect on biodiversity, chytridiomycosis is quite possibly the worst disease in recorded history. The disease, caused by a pathogenic chytrid fungus, has caused amphibian population declines in Australia, South America, North America, Central America, New Zealand, Europe, and Africa, and is likely responsible for over 100 species extinctions since the 1970’s. … Continue reading Protocol for the Detection of Chytrid Fungus Using Quantitative PCR Techinques