A newly discovered species of frog may originate in the rainforests of Ecuador – but it can trace its name right back here to Lancashire. Following a case of mistaken identity, the brightly coloured amphibian was hiding in plain sight for decades until it was spotted by Garstang conservationist Andrew Gray, inset.Now, after 20 years of painstaking research, he has finally been able to identify the creature as a rare new species – one he has named after his three-year-old granddaughter Sylvia, who lives near Chorley.Mr Gray, who lived in Chorley for 15vyears before moving to Garstang, is the curator of herpetology at Manchester Museum.He said: “I spent many hours in Ashton Gardens in St Annes as a child, looking for frogs, newts and tadpoles, rather than playing football.“I had all the other kids in the park looking for frogs.”Now the 54-year-old former Highfield School pupil, who grew up in Blackpool, may have found a rather unusual way to inspire his … [Read more...] about Rare frog is a riveting discovery for Chorley youngster
Frog species names
The American Bullfrog (Rana Catesbeianus), so-named because of its very loud noise which sounds like a bull's roaring, is the most predatory type of frog on earth and eats any small creatures it can overpower and swallow in one. This makes them a major threat to native aquatic flora, according to the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, part of the High Council of Scientific Research (CSIC). Four suspected American Bullfrog tadpoles were found in the lagoons of the river Ebro delta in the province of Tarragona, the southernmost in Catalunya, on the east coast of mainland Spain. These were taken straight to the Institute for genetic testing to confirm they were indeed examples of this perilous species, one of the top 100 most dangerous invasive creatures on the planet. If they were to breed in the Ebro, they would effectively wipe out all other fauna in its waters, except for bigger creatures which they cannot overpower and eat, as they are voracious and have no natural predators. One-off … [Read more...] about American Bullfrog found in Ebro ‘huge threat’ to native species
Charlie Mitchell 19:00, July 12 2018 Conservationists pour money, time and energy into saving individual species. Why not shoot for entire ecosystems? In the second part of a two-part series, Charlie Mitchell examines the different ways of choosing which endangered species to save. Strings of bracketed phrases, dancing with information from vast spreadsheets led to this. The 150 species listed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) as "priority species", marked out as the most urgently in need of protection to avoid extinction. It included Kiwi, Kākāpō, Hector's Dolphin, the Great White Shark and Tuatara; species that are generally considered important for conservation, animals that people know and like. But little known species like the fish guts plant and the swamp helmet orchid also made it. Kauri and Weka didn't. A computer algorithm, which weighted a range of factors, produced the final cut, released in a proposed strategy last year. More from … [Read more...] about How do we decide which endangered species to save?
Dorset By Sue Paz BBC News 24 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-43475102 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A colony of exploding ants, a shrimp that's been named after prog rockers Pink Floyd, four types of miniature night frog and a coconut-cracking giant rat - these are just some of the new species … [Read more...] about Is this hairy crab the newest species found in the UK?
Sir David Attenborough has heaped praise on the fact a species of plankton has been named in honour of the BBC’s Blue Planet series. The beloved nature broadcaster said it was a “great compliment” for the wildly popular nature documentary series, which he narrated. The tiny plant-like organism, described as part of “the beating heart” of the oceans, is recognised as an integral component of the marine ecosystem. Scientists at University College London (UCL) gave the honour to Sir David and the documentary team for the series which was dubbed "the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans". It is thought to be the first time a species has been named after a TV show. The plankton, which is a single-celled algae seven times thinner than a human hair, was collected in the South Atlantic but can be located across the oceans of the world. Despite just living for a few days it generates shapes of … [Read more...] about Blue Planet: Plankton species named after Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series