12 Jun '11, 2pm

Harlequin Frog Could Go Extinct in Panama

Harlequin Frog Could Go Extinct in Panama

Toad Mountain Harlequin frogs only live in one area of Panama’s dense tropical jungles – the Darien Province, and their population is down to a dangerous level. In an expedition at the beginning of this year it was reported researchers found just 50 males and 12 females. The reason so many frog species are in peril there, or have already been driven into extinction is the chytrid fungus. Worldwide, hundreds of frog species have been wiped out by it, and more are likely to vanish soon. The Darien Province, very rich in biodiversity, still has parts of its natural habitat unaffected by the chytrid fungus, and researchers hope they can study how to inoculate the healthy frogs by exposing them to a bacteria that will protect them from the fungus. This strategy has worked for some frogs in the Sierra Nevada, but using the same bacteria on the Panamanian frogs has not worked. Th...

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