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Project information

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Curing the number 1 EDGE amphibian (Leiopelma archeyi ) of chytridiomycosis in the lab.

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New Zealand, South Island

Project type:
Scientific research

Relevant EDGE species:
Archey's frog (Leiopelma archeyi)
Hamilton's Frog (Leiopelma hamiltoni)
Maud Island Frog (Leiopelma pakeka)

Project members:
Phil Bishop
Russell Poulter
Rick Speare

Relevant species
1. Archey's frog (Leiopelma archeyi) CR

One of the world‘s most primitive frog species, Archey‘s frog is a “living fossil”.

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18. Hamilton's Frog (Leiopelma hamiltoni) EN

This species‘ range was reduced to a 600 m sq. boulder bank by 1990, but is now increasing due to conservation actions.

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59. Maud Island Frog (Leiopelma pakeka) VU

Confined to just two tiny islands off the coast of New Zealand‘s North Island.

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After discovering chytridiomycosis in the last secure population of Archey's frog 12 were sent to Otago University to be cured. These frogs are alive and well (12 months post-infection) and will be used to study disease transmission from introduced frogs to native ones.
New Zealand frogs (Leiopelma spp.) have been recognised as frogs of very special importance and we have been trying to prevent population declines in these species for a number of years.
Project summary
Various projects are ongoing with these species, in particular looking at suitable places to translocate frogs to create new populations and looking at the efficacy of their skin secretions against certain bacteria and fungi.
Developed a safe cure for chytridiomycosis in the lab.
Project members
Dr Phil Bishop : Researcher

Phil is an expert on amphibian breeding behaviour

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Within this project:
Leader of the New Zealand Frog Research Group

Russell is actively involved in finding solutions for amphibian diseases

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Within this project:
Russel is working on a cure for chytridiomycosis
Prof. Rick Speare : Researcher

Rick is a world expert on diseases of amphibians

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Within this project:
Rick is involved with research on amphibian disease and declines
Project partners
Prof Poulter, Department of Biochemistry, Otago
Prof Rick Speare, James Cook University, Australia.
For all New Zealand Leiopelma projects see the research pages of www.nzfrogs.org
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Frog with transponder
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Increasing frog awareness
Associated Blog Posts
20th Jul 10
In fantastic news for nature conservation, the New Zealand Government announced today it has abandoned plans to mine 7000 hectares of land protected under Sc...  Read

7th May 10
Two of the highest priority EDGE amphibian species are under imminent threat of extinction from mining, as the New Zealand Government proposes to remove prot...  Read

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Swabbing for chytridiomycosis
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Fun by the pond
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Sarah and Phil catching frogs