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10 New Amphibians Discovered

Researchers in a remote Colombian jungle have identified 10 new species of amphibian. Keeping with Zooillogix’s official policy, because the creatures are finally known to Western science, now and only now can we all consider them to exist. Scientists from Conservation International and the Ecotropico Foundation explored the mountains in the Tacarcuna area of the…

A study of rare African frogs has revealed a form of self-defense hitherto unbeknownst to the scientific world: claws of pure bone that burst through the frogs’ skin. And it gets worse. When the frogs are threatened they need to first “actively break” their own bones in order to create these claws. Don’t make me…

Adorable! Surinam toads of the family Pipidae have a broad, flat shape and leaf-like appearance, but who cares about that…? They embed fertilized eggs in the mother’s back from whence the babies emerge! Adorable? Horrifying? What was your reaction to the movie Alien? Damn… it looks like Pharyngula beat us to the punch. Whatevs… Surinam…

Scientists in Madagascar recently discovered the remains of a giant prehistoric frog, a relative of today’s horned toads, which blew away the previous record for the largest known frog, Bennicus Bleimanicus. Dubbed Beelzebufo, meaning “frog from hell,” the Devil Frog had important differences from today’s frogs. To begin with, it was freakin huge. Susan Evans,…

We know this story has been covered by everyone from LiveScience to Perez Hilton, but we thought we’d do our part as well to promote awareness. Chinese giant salamander….very tasty. An initiative known as EDGE (Excited Dachshunds Grinding with the Elderly) has released its list of unique and critically endangered amphibians, hot on the heels…

2008 – The Year of the Frog

An international consortium of zoos, aquariums, conservation organizations and scientists, calling itself the “Amphibian Ark,” has dubbed 2008 the “Year of the Frog.” Amphibian Ark made the declaration in order to draw awareness to the mass extinction of amphibian species around the globe and to infuriate the Chinese, who already named the year after the…

Reported last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a fascinating fossil was discovered in the Saar-Nahe Basin of Southwestern Germany (sounds more like somewhere in Middle-earth than Bavaria to us, but go figure). The fossil(s?) comprises a fish that was eaten by an amphibian which was eaten by a shark. It…

Japanese Create “See-Through” Frogs

Those crazy Japanese have done it again! By combining two types of recessive genes that cause frogs to be pale, they have created a frog with almost transparent skin. Unfortunately for the frogs, the advantages to testing on a see-through critter are numerous. For example, “You can see through the skin how organs grow, how…