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The world’s frogs saved by water fleas?

The world’s frogs saved by water fleas?

Of all animal classes, it is the amphibians that face the greatest risk to imminent extinction. Why? Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. This virulent fungal disease is not only a mouthful to pronounce but also a very important chytrid fungus, which causes the disease chytridiomycosis now infecting most of the world’s amphibians. Only discovered in 1998 the amphibian […]

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Species of the Week: Elegance coral

Species of the Week: Elegance coral

Elegant by name and nature, this spectacular coral can catch small prey with its tentacles. Elegance coral (Catalaphyllia jardinae) is characterized by green tentacles tipped with bright pink and a ‘zebra’ stripped mouth, or oral disc, on each polyp. Despite its ability to catch small prey, most of the energy this animal gets comes from […]

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Back and ready to go

Back and ready to go

After visiting friends and family back in the United Kingdom I am now back in the sunny Caribbean. Actually it’s not been that sunny since we are at the start of the rainy season and tropical storm Emily has been sweeping past us over the last few days. I was itching to get out into […]

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A more robust EDGE

A more robust EDGE

Last week a new paper was published by researchers at ZSL which included a new EDGE mammals list. The list is the result of updated information and a strengthening of the methods used to calculate EDGE rank. A species’ EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) score is calculated by combining a measure of the evolutionary […]

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Species of the Week: Taylor’s Salamander

Species of the Week: Taylor’s Salamander

Taylor’s salamander (Ambystoma taylori)like many other amphibians defies limits. This salamander has specialised for life in salty water. It can only be found in one lake in the world; a high altitude (2,290m) crater called Laguna Alchichica in eastern Puebla, Mexico.  This lake’s level of salt is almost the maximum that most adult amphibian species […]

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