Frog Blog: Good & Bad News About Amphibian Diversity

The number of known amphibian species worldwide has risen by approximately 20% during the the past decade thanks to intense research on this group of vertebrates. A total of 6487 amphibian species have been described to date (www.amphibiaweb.org). That is the good news.

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Now here comes the bad news. Based on a study published in 2004 in the journal Science, more than 40% of the world’s amphibians are threatened with extinction. Given the current number of amphibian species (6487), that means that more than 2500 amphibian species are in serious decline. However, a study by Vieites and colleagues just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the number of described amphibian species vastly underestimates the actual number of amphibian species on Earth. That means that far more species are in danger of extinction than previously believed.

Full story at Frog Blog

Kirtland Peterson

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