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January 26, 2009

Frog Pictures

We posted a story on a frog explosion the other day.. here are some photos!

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Picture 1 – This new species of toad is the largest ever found in the genus Nectophrynoides. Its bizarre looks are likely to be coupled with a strange breeding cycle; studies of other Nectophrynoides species have discovered that they are the only types of toad which give birth to live young instead of laying eggs. Photo © Penelope Whitehorn / Frontier.

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Picture 2 – With its distinctive red eyes this new species of frog in the genus Leptopelis resembles other similar species, but is found at much higher altitudes than its relatives. Photo © Daniel Cox / Frontier.

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Picture 3 – It might look like a bit of a bruiser, but this newly discovered species of burrowing toad (Probreviceps sp.) is under threat from deforestation in its mountain home. Photo © John Graham / Frontier.

Posted by sue at January 26, 2009 01:27 PM