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Researchers in Ecuador breed frogs thought to be extinct

Monday, July 03, 2017 - 01:17

Scientist in Ecuador have successfully bred the Jambato frog, or Quito stubfoot toad; thought to be extinct for nearly 30 years. Angela Moore reports.

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Nearly 30 years after it was thought to have become extinct, the Jambato frog is back. Scientists in Ecuador have successfully bred the frog, also known as the Quito stubfoot toad. The small black amphibians, known for their bright orange undersides, were last seen in 1988. It wasn't until 2016 that a small group of Jambato frogs was re-discovered in Ecuador and bred. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) TARCISIO GRANIZO, ECUADOR'S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER, SAYING: "It is the first time that this species, the Jambato, has been reproduced. Those of us of a certain age remember that it was very common in the wastelands and even in Quito, around Quito and that in a few years it was extinguished, believed to be extinct. Their populations, like the populations of many species of amphibians, for several reasons - including climate change - several species decreased their populations and some were reported as extinct. That was the case of the black Jambato." In addition to climate change, the destruction of habitat and pollution are also factors that threaten the species. Scientists say they will study the frogs to learn more about organ growth and development.

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Researchers in Ecuador breed frogs thought to be extinct

Monday, July 03, 2017 - 01:17