The Search for the Purple Frog

Being a biologist from Kerala in the Western Ghats I am trying to understand and conserve a species of frog that emerges from the underworld only once every year like the great Hindu King Mahabali.  This is quite a challenge! The Purple Frog Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis is the sole member of Nasikabatrachidae, the first new frog […]

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WE FOUND IT – EDGE Fellow update from Mea Trenor

It’s a little bit daunting to study a species you have never actually encountered before. When I was compiling my EDGE Fellowship application and project proposal for the Mistbelt Chirping Frog, having to find the species was something of a “future problem”. Of course, it is possible to study a species and never ever get […]

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Superhero Sunday: The Top 10 Superpowers of EDGE Species Part 2/2

  Welcome back to Superhero Sunday here at EDGE!  Last week we met a salamander who can go ten years without eating, a bird who’s older than the Titanic, an armoured anteater, and lots more!  This week we continue with our countdown of EDGE species with amazing superpowers, animals that rival the greatest characters in […]

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Superhero Sunday: The Top 10 Superpowers of EDGE Species Part 1/2

Who loves superheroes? We all love superheroes! From Spiderman to the Avengers to Batman to the Fantastic Four to Ant-Man, superheroes are flooding popular culture and becoming an increasingly huge part of western culture. But sometimes we forget that powers that seem impossible in humans are common, even run-of-the-mill, in animals. And nowhere is that […]

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Salamanders on the EDGE: building conservation networks for amphibians in Mexico (Part 2/2)

Four hours and 250km later, in Puebla State, we arrive at Laguna Alchichica, Alfredo’s field site. Set in a landscape that has turned from forest to semi desert over the last two centuries due to catastrophic and complete deforestation, the first thing that strikes one on first seeing Alchichica is its sudden blueness in a […]

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