Frog Survival Linked to Eco-Health

Photos of threatened frog species
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The green poison arrow frog (Dendrobates auratus) is native to Central and South America, but it was introduced to the island of Oahu, Hawaii, in 1932 to help control mosquito populations. The frog lays its eggs in leaf litter on the forest floor. When the eggs hatch, the father frog carries the tadpoles to water.

Habitat loss and the illegal pet trade landed this frog species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

A proposal in last week's issue of the journal Science calls for a five-year budget of at least 400 million U.S. dollars to fund an international team called the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

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Photograph courtesy Ron D. Holt
 
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