Thursday 21 January 2016

Tree frog believed to be extinct for more than 100 years rediscovered

An ‘extinct’ tree frog has been rediscovered after 136 years ‘by accident’, a group of scientists have confirmed

10:12AM GMT 21 Jan 2016

A tree frog thought to be extinct for more than a century has been rediscovered in the jungles of north-east India.

The frog genus Frankixalus has been rediscovered “in abundance” by a group of scientists led by renowned Indian biologist Sathyabhama Das Biju, who is known as The Frog Man in India.

However, the team believe they remain under threat with the region's tropical forests disappearing because of programs to cut trees, plant rice, expand human settlements and build roads, AP reports.

“This is an exciting find, but it doesn't mean the frogs are safe,” Biju said.

“This frog is facing extreme stress in these areas, and could be pushed to extinction simply from habitat loss,” Biju added. “We're lucky in a way to have found it before that happens, but we're all worried.”

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