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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rediscovered Australian Frog

An Australian frog thought extinct for 30 years has been rediscovered. (News source.)

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Galapagos Tortoise Rediscovered in Captivity

Nine captive Galapagos Island tortoises are descendants of an "extinct" species from Floreana Island, according to new genetic research. (News source.)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Fiji Frogs Rediscovered

An endangered species of ground frog from Fiji has been rediscovered, after it was thought there were no surviving populations on Viti Levu. (News source.)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Frog Rediscovered

A Honduran frog, the Mile's robber frog, was thought extinct for more than twenty years, but rediscovered last year in Cusuco National Park. (News source.)

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Armoured Mistfrog Rediscovered

The small armoured mistfrog, though extinct since 1991 after the chytrid fungus swept through northern Queensland, has been rediscovered. (News source.)

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Frog News

There's hope for frogs in Costa Rica, with rediscovered species and apparent resistance in some species to the chytrid fungus. (News source.)

A 6-year old Oregon boy had to stop selling his spotted frogs... (News source.)

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Vietnam Turtle Controversial

A Vietnamese biologist contends that recent reports of the rediscovery of Rafetus swinhoei in the wild (by US zoo researchers) is not conclusive, and better evidence needs to be offered -- not just a picture. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Zoo Rediscovers Turtle

From the announcement:

"Cleveland Metroparks Zoo today announced the discovery of a critically endangered turtle in northern Vietnam that previously was thought to be extinct in the wild. Experts from the Zoo's Asian Turtle Program confirmed they have identified the only known living specimen of a Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in nature.
"After three years of searching, Zoo-sponsored researchers focused on a lake just west of Hanoi after residents reported spotting the gigantic turtle there. Field biologists, along with Education for Nature in Vietnam, found and photographed the turtle, allowing scientists to verify it was the rare Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle, which is considered a national treasure in Vietnam."

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Frog Rediscovered

The Carrikeri Harlequin Frog (Atelopus carrikeri) has been rediscovered in Colombia. (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Giant La Palma Lizard Rediscovered

The thought-extinct giant lizard of La Palma, Gallotia auaritae, may still be around. A 300+ mm lizard was found by José Antonio Mateo, from the species recovery center on La Gomera. (These are in the Canary Islands.) A search is planned to hunt for more of the lizards. (News source.)

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Treefrog Rediscovered

UK zoologist Andrew Gray has rediscovered a small nocturnal treefrog, Isthomhyla rivularis, in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, in Costa Rica. The frog hasn't been seen since the 1980s. (News source.)

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