Saturday, November 08, 2008

The dying of the frogs

Via Discover

Amphibian species have been facing a steep decline for decades, in large part because of a fungus, climate change, and environment disruption. As many as one-third of the world’s 6,300 amphibian species are threatened with extinction, and researchers fear their loss could wreak havoc on our ecosystem and food webs. Here are landmark studies that have defined the problems and—we hope—will help humans to figure out how to save their froggy friends.
The studies are, obviously, at the link. We've already lost the Golden Toad.


Jennifer said...

Funny you mention this. I talked to some biologists with the FWS last week and the fungus (chytrid) has now been found in the southeastern US. They are not yet sure if it's having an impact on amphibians in the US, but it's a worrying development. The fungus is also related to the fungus killing bats in the northeast (white nose syndrome).

Hume's Ghost said...

I listened to a podcast from SciAm (or Nature or Science or Science Friday... I forget which) a few weeks ago about the bat fungus.

Weird and interesting.