Global hunt underway for lost frogs

| 09/08/2010

(Daily Mirror): A worldwide hunt has begun for 100 species of "lost" amphibians after populations have suffered a startling decline due to climate change. Many, such as the golden toad, Jackson’s climbing salamander and the Hula painted frog, have not been since in decades. The Turkestanian salamander was last seen in 1909. More than 30% of all amphibians are threatened with extinction. Scientists said they play a vital role in freshwater systems and, if some have hung on, it could provide vital information for their survival. Conservation International, which is leading the hunt in five continents, said: "Amphibians are sensitive to environment so are often an indicator of damage to ecosystems."

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