Magazine article Geographical

In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians

Magazine article Geographical

In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians

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IN SEARCH OF LOST FROGS: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians by Robin Moore Firefly Books, hb, 25 [pounds sterling]

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Back in the 1990s, when I was a postgrad student studying in north Queensland, I took part in a missing-frog hunt. Several small teams spent three or four days hiking up remote rainforest creeks in Eungella National Park searching for three frog species that had been seen little or not at all over the preceding decade. My team was partially successful--we found one of the species--but there was no sign of the others, and one of them, the northern gastric brooding frog, is now presumed to be extinct.

Back then, only a small number of frog species had disappeared--generally from high-altitude, relatively pristine habitats in countries as far as Costa Rica and Australia--and the cause of their loss was a mystery. That mystery has now largely been solved, but disappearances have continued; at least 120 species are thought to have gone extinct since 1980.

In 2010, herpetologist Robin Moore initiated a similar search, but on a global scale. …

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