Scientists discover 12 new frog species in India

September 17, 2011

Years of combing tropical mountain forests, shining flashlights under rocks and listening for croaks in the night have paid off for a team of Indian scientists which has discovered 12 new frog species plus three others thought to have been extinct. Link to story:

Meowing Night Frog, other new species found

September 16, 2011

A unique “catcall” inspired the name of the meowing night frog (pictured), one of 12 new species of frogs found recently in western India, a new study says. Link to story:

Pictures: 12 new species of frog discovered in India

September 15, 2011

Scientists have discovered 12 new species of frogs in the rainforests of India’s Western Ghats, according to a paper published in the latest issue of ZooTaxa Link to story:

Twelve new frog species found in Western Ghats

September 15, 2011

The Western Ghats region in the country, a global biodiversity hotspot, has opened up more of its secrets — this time a dozen species of night frogs hitherto unknown to science. Link to story:

Lost frogs update

September 2, 2011

Many species of amphibians have vanished without a trace, due to habitat loss, climate change, and disease. So Robin Moore, an amphibian expert at Conservation International, led The Search for Lost Frogs, which sent researchers around the globe looking for these “missing” species. Link to story:

In pursuit of ‘lost amphibians’

August 8, 2011

The University of Delhi is coordinating a countrywide field research in association with scientists from other institutions to explore the amphibian diversity in the country and chart out a strategy for their conservation. Link to story:

Delhi varsity, Kerala govt tie-up for amphibian conservation

August 8, 2011

The University of Delhi and Kerala State Forest Department are jointly organising a workshop here tomorrow to draw up a strategy for conservation of the amphibian population, which is facing extinction globally. Link to story:

Cute rodent species surfaces after 113 years

May 19, 2011

Scientists thought a mysterious guinea pig-sized rodent species that hadn’t been seen in 113 years was long extinct. Until one of them ambled up to two volunteer naturalists at a nature reserve in Colombia two weeks ago. Link to story:

Red-crested Tree Rat reappears after 113 Years

May 18, 2011

A red-crested tree rat, a rodent about the size of a guinea pig, has been sighted for the first time in decades. The relatively unknown creature made a casual reappearance in a Colombian nature reserve after over a century, and even stayed around for a photo shoot. Link to story:

Red rodent shows up at Colombian nature lodge after 113 years on the lam

May 18, 2011

The red-crested tree rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) had not been recorded since 1898 and was thought possibly extinct—that is until one showed up at 9:30 PM on May 4th at a lodge in El Dorado Nature Reserve in northern Colombia. Link to story: