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#CriticallyEndangered Blue-sided Leaf Frog, Agalychnis annae today in the #frogLAB. This week, I am highlighting the species we are working with that are not only endangered, but whose numbers are continuing to decline in the wild. For many species such as these, establishing and maintaining captive assurance colonies is our last chance to prevent extinction. The global extinction crisis will be explored in this week's documentary event - #RacingExtinction ... Premiering in the US this Wednesday, December 2nd @ 9pm EST

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The critically endangered Black-eyed Leaf Frog, Agalychnis moreletii. i will be featuring #EndangeredSpecies of amphibians this week leading up to the premiere of #RacingExtinction on Dec 2nd. The documentary, written and produced by the same team as 'The Cove' sheds light on the global extinction crisis. The beautiful Agalychnis moreletii is an incredible species that we have been given the opportunity to work with through our collaboration with the Vivarium at the Manchester Museum.

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Panama's Rabbs' Fringed-limbed Tree Frog, believed to be extinct in the wild, with only one surviving male in captivity in Atlanta Botanical Garden's Amphibian Conservation Program. This frog will be featured in the upcoming documentary #RacingExtinction which premieres on Discovery December 2nd (9PM EST) This handsome guy was connected as an adult over 10 years ago, so we have no idea how old he is (or how long the species lives). In fact, Ecnomiohyla rabborum was described to science as recently as 2008. Though his story is incredibly sad, it highlights the importance of amphibian conservation programs and how we need to pay attention to what the global amphibian declines are telling us. Almost 40% of the world's amphibian species are in catastrophic decline it already extinct. I will try and post more of him in these days leading up to the premiere, but don't like to bother him by taking pictures. I will leave it up to him. #Ecnomiohyla #Ecnomiohylarabborum #FrogsofPanama #frogsofinstagram #frogPOD #AmphibianConservation

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Critically endangered Lemur Leaf Frog, Agalychnis lemur. This species once ranged from Costa Rica through Panama into the northern tip of Colombia. Now, A. lemur is restricted to a few remnant populations in CR and Panama with numbers still declining in the wild. We have bred hundreds of Panamanian Lemur Leaf Frogs in captivity and donated more than 400 to various institutions and conservation labs. #Agalychnis #Agalychnislemur #Phyllomedusinae #CaptiveAssuranceColonies #CaptiveBred #CaptiveBreeding #LeafFrog

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Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog Family: Centrolenidae

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Sleeping Blue-sided Leaf Frog, Agalychnis annae. Frogs in the sub-family #Phyllomedusinae have beautiful eyes and eyelids. #Agalychnis #Agalychnisannae #LeafFrog #frogLAB

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In the #frogPOD ... Panama's Slope-snouted Glass Frog, Cochranella euknemos. Glass Frogs in the family #Centrolenidae are a fascinating group of amphibians. Generally speaking, their dorsal coloration varies from shades of green, yellow, and jade blue (like the frog pictured here) but their ventral surfaces are nearly transparent, allowing light to pass through the frog. This may aid in #camouflage as Glass Frogs are #nocturnal and sleep exposed on leaves throughout the day. #GlassFrog #Cochranellaeuknemos #Cochranella #FrogsofPanama #frogsofinstagram

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Had a great time today with @leilanimunter and Ila Couch in the #frogPOD. We were filming a follow up segment for the upcoming world premiere of #RacingExtinction ... The largest documentary release in history, Racing Extinction premieres in 220 countries to an estimated 2+ billion people (December 2nd @ 9pm EST) Part of the film was shot in the frogPOD and highlights the male Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog, who is believed to be the last one of its kind, or as Leilani wrote in her Huffington Post article - the loneliest frog in the world. #Ecnomiohyla #Ecnomiohylarabborum #AmphibianConservation #AmphibianDeclines

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Amphibian Conservation Program, Initiative 2 - Head-starting Carolina Gopher Frogs. Pictured here are newly metamorphosed Gopher Froglets ready to be released back into the wild (photo by Robert Hill) Every year, hundreds of these young frogs are released into a protected habitat in South Western Georgia. #Lithobatescapito #Lithobates #Ranidae #Head #HeadStart #AmphibianConservation

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Amphibian Conservation Program, Initiative 2 - Head-Starting imperiled Gopher Frogs (Lithobates capito) This is the breeze way in between the Orchid House and the High Elevation House in the Fuqua Orchid Center. It is also where we head-start Gopher Frogs. We can rear up to 1,200 tadpoles in these tubs each year for release in protected habitat in South Georgia. #HeadStart #Lithobatescapito #Lithobates #GopherFrog #EndangeredSpecies

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Amphibian Conservation Program Initiative 2: Head-starting the Carolina Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito. In partnership with GA DNR, UGA, Zoo Atlanta and others, we have been head-starting Georgia's rarest frog for almost 8 years. Each year, eggs are collected and reared in captivity, where we can perfect then from predators and well as environmental threats such as desiccation. Froglets are released into TNC managed and protected land in South West Georgia. In 2013, we confirmed the first evidence that these head-started experimentally released frogs were teaching adulthood in the wild and reproducing on their own. #Lithobates #Lithobatescapito #GopherFrog #HeadStart #Head-Start #AmphibianConservation #Ranidae

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A Great Short Frogolicious Video by Leilani Munter!

Amphibians are #RacingExtinction 40% are in peril or already extinct in the wild. Help them #StartWith1Thinghttps://t.co/qywYfnKtLp— Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) November 20, 2015

Initiative 1, Part 5. Captive breeding of rare and endangered species.

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The Fringed Leaf Frog is a unique and beautiful species, though they have recently hit the pet trade through select private breeders and specialty frog shops (like Black Jungle) Little is known about their natural history, and status on the wild because the frog rarely, if ever comes to the ground. They are a canopy dwelling species and blend in perfectly in that ecotone. We were one if the first places to breed this species in captivity, and the first to exhibit them. Currently, we have 6 on display in our Frogs of the Amazon exhibit, with Mimic Poison Frogs. We have donated some of the offspring to Zoo Atlanta, the Shedd Aquarium and the Vivarium at the Manchester Museum. #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacraspedopus #Phyllomedusinae #LeafFrog #CaptiveAssuranceColonies #CaptiveBreeding

Some recent (and finally positive!!) news on the emergent amphibian infectious disease — chytrid fungus

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Two articles published on the internet today about the new chytrid research published from Spain!
BBC News Report
Wired.com

Initiative 1; Part 4: Captive Assurance Colonies.

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Pictured here is a frog which is believed to be the last of its kind - the Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog. While his story is incredibly sad, it emphasizes the importance of conserving biodiversity and paying attention to what the global amphibian declines are trying to tell us. In collaboration with Zoo Atlanta, we tried to establish an assurance colony of Rabbs' Fringe- limbed Tree Frog (#Ecnomiohyla rabborum) in 2005 and were able to get them to lay eggs, but the tadpoles never completed metamorphosis. While this collaboration with the zoo was able to establish assurance colonies of many Panamanian species threatened with extinction, we were unsuccessful with E. rabborum. Ten years later, this frog has a powerful message - one that has been told in National Geographic (thanks to @joelsartore and PhotoArk); in Huffington Post (thanks to @leilanimunter) and next month, he will be featured in a major documentary by Louie Psihoyos called #RacingExtinction . The movie premieres…

Initiative 1; Part 3 | The #frogLAB

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This is where we work with non-Panamanian species of frogs from Central and South America. If you saw the post from two days ago, you saw that our central Panama frogs are housed in isolation on the #FrogPOD It was hard to get a shot of all the enclosures, so I focused on these four. In these we keep Leaf Frogs (subfamily: #Phyllomedusinae ) Cruziohyla calcarifer, the Splendid Leaf Frog; C. craspedopus, the Fringed Leaf Frog; Agalychnis moreletii, the Black-eyed Leaf Frog and Agalychnis spurelli, the Gliding Leaf Frog as well as two species of Glass Frog (family: #Centrolenidae ) Sachatamia albomaculata, the White-spotted Glass Frog and Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog. Also in this room are other phyllomedusines such as Blue-sided Leaf Frog, Agalychnis annae; Red-eyed Leaf Frog, A. callidryas; Lemur Leaf Frog, Agalychnis lemur. We also have several morphs of Dendrobates tinctorius that we breed for research, exhibits and outreach - donating many of them to various 2nd …

Initiative 1, part 2:

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Build and Maintain Captive Assurance Colonies of rare and endangered Amphibian species. I received so much positive feedback from yesterday's post ... Thank you! I thought I would write a little more on our Captive Assurance Colony program before moving on to our second major amphibian conservation initiative. This is a picture by @leilanimunter for her article titled 'The Loneliest Frog in the World' published in the Huffington Post. This is me and my son, Anthony outside of the frogPOD - the inside of the frogPOD was posted yesterday. Here is a link to the article: http://ift.tt/1RZSoae Her heartwarming and alarming article talks about the Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog, and his being the last of his kind. For more information, please see yesterday's post, or visit the Frog Blog @ blog.frogsneedourhelp.org #FrogPOD #Panama #FrogsofPanama #Ecnomiohyla

Our Friend and Collaborator, John Maerz awarded 'Teacher of the Week' at UGA!

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Captive Assurance Colonies

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A few people recently have asked about the kind of research we do in the Amphibian Conservation Program @ ABG, so I thought I would answer in pictures. There are five major components of our program, but our first priority, and the reason the program started in the first place was to build and maintain #CaptiveAssuranceColonies of rare and endangered amphibians from the #neotropics and SE US. Initiative 1: Historically, we have worked with imperiled amphibian species from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Suriname, Chile and Panama and have been the first to breed many species of #GlassFrog ( #Centrolenidae ), Eyelash Marsupial Frog (#Gastrotheca), Pratt's Rocket Frog #Colostethus , Gaige's Rain Frog #Pristimantis , and one of the first to breed #Cruziohyla in captivity. One of our largest conservation efforts was our collaborative expedition to Panama in 2005 to rescue frogs from the emergent infectious disease - #chytrid (chytridiomycosis). This fungus attacks amphibians world wide and b…

A few people recently have asked about the kind of research we do in the Amphibian Conservation Program @ ABG ...

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So, I thought I would answer in pictures. There are five major components of our program, but our first priority, and the reason the program started in the first place was to build and maintain #CaptiveAssuranceColonies of rare and endangered amphibians from the #neotropics and SE US. Initiative 1: Historically, we have worked with imperiled amphibian species from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Suriname, Chile and Panama and have been the first to breed many species of #GlassFrog ( #Centrolenidae ), Eyelash Marsupial Frog (#Gastrotheca), Pratt's Rocket Frog #Colostethus , Gaige's Rain Frog #Pristimantis , and one of the first to breed #Cruziohyla in captivity. One of our largest conservation efforts was our collaborative expedition to Panama in 2005 to rescue frogs from the emergent infectious disease - #chytrid (chytridiomycosis). This fungus attacks amphibians world wide and back then was wiping out approximately 85% of the frogs from central Panama. The Garden, Zoo Atlanta, …

Cruziohyla calcarifer, the Splendid Leaf Frog in the #frogLAB

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We are lucky to be able to work with both #Cruziohyla species in our Amphibian Breeding and Research Lab. Such amazing and interesting animals. #Cruziohylacalcarifer #Phyllomedusinae #LeafFrog #CaptiveBreeding

Shirts for Salamanders!

By popular request ... I had some products and prints made up on Cafe Press. Proceeds will go directly to Flatwoods Salamander Conservation!http://www.cafepress.com/mandica/13013139
Posted by Tetrapod | Mandica Illustration and Design, Inc. on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Illustration of the federally listed #Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum.

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Dendrobates tinctorius, the Azureus form of the Tinging Poison Frog from Suriname. D. tinctorius is one of the most variable species in the family #Dendrobatidae. Geographically and morphologically distinct variations within the species provide beautiful 'morphs' of these frogs, which generally display different degrees of black, blue, yellow and white. #Dendrobates #Dendrobatestinctorius #PoisonFrog #photoarena_nature

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Recent metamorph Anotheca spinosa, the Crowned Tree Frog from #Panama One of the spectacular amphibian speeches we are working with in the #frogPOD. #Anotheca #Anothecaspinosa #AmphibianConservation

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Creative ways to keep amphibians from drowning in your pool

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Critically endangered Panamanian Golden Frog, painted in PhotoShop. Atelopus zeteki is believed to be extinct in the wild. #Atelopus #CriticallyEndangered #EndangeredSpecies #FrogsofPanama

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Cruziohyla calcarifer, the Splendid Leaf Frog from the west side of lower Central and South America. This species shares similar features with the other member of its genius C. craspedopus. #Calcarifer #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacalcarifer #LeafFrog #Phyllomedusinae

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Salamanders Need Our Help too ....

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Marbled Salamander, Ambystoma opacum - painted in Photoshop.

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I haven't had much time for illustration these days, but I felt inspired by the time of year and all the autumnal migrations happening right now in the salamander world, so I made some time for this one. Fall breeding salamanders are among my favorites. Marbled salamanders breed this time of year and the female lays her eggs in a dry Ephemeral pond basin. She then waits for the autumnal rains to fill the pond and inundate the eggs with water. She must leave the eggs then because Marbled Salamanders are poor swimmers and run the risk of drowning. I enjoy illustrating in Photoshop and it has helped me experiment with color - my line drawings by hand are always simply pen and ink.

#ScientificIllustration #Illustration #Photoshop #MarbledSalamander #Ambystomatidae #Ambystomaopacum #Ambystoma

Cruziohyla craspedopus, the Fringed Leaf Frog from the Peruvian Amazon.

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A spectacular species from the sub family Phyllomedusinae.

#Cruziohylacraspedopus #Cruziohyla #LeafFrog #Amazon #AmazonFrogs

Agalychnis annae, Blue-sided Leaf Frogs in amplexus.

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Fall breeding salamanders are one of my favorite groups, especially the ambystomatids or Mole Salamanders.

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The fall breeders take an exceptional risk by using ephemeral wetlands that can easily freeze or dessicate over the winter so their larvae can develop in these temporary pools at times when they are not occupied by other competitive species. When the other species show up to breed in the spring, the larvae of these fall breeders are large enough to consume them as they hatch - an added bonus for the risk they are taking. Some species, such as the Marbled Salamander and Flatwoods Salamander are depositing their eggs during this time of year in dry basins, that will (hopefully) be inundated with water during autumn rains. Pictured here is a Mole Salamander, Ambystoma talpoideum which is only predicted to occur in metro Atlanta. Hopefully, we will be able to confirm their presence through our monthly amphibian surveys and monitoring program. For more information on the program, please visit maamp.us #Ambystomatalpoideum #Ambystomatids #Ambystomatidae #EphemeralWetland #MAAMP