PHOTOS: Over 200 New Amphibians Found in Madagascar

PHOTOS: Over 200 New Amphibians Found in Madagascar
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Amphibian patterns of diversity, especially in the tropics, are not well understood, mainly because of incomplete information on species classification and distribution. In May 2009, for example, researchers unexpectedly found more than 200 new amphibian species in Madagascar, including the newly identified frog in the Boophis genus pictured above.

Finding such an "extreme proportion" of amphibian diversity in Madagascar means experts will have to revisit what was previously known about the creatures, the scientists said.
—Photograph courtesy Miguel Vences
 
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