No deja de sorprender que a estas alturas sigan apareciendo en Europa nuevas especies de vertebrados. Pero lo cierto es que nuestro continente, cuyos rincones parecen haber sido escudriñados cientos de veces por los científicos, sigue encerrando innumerables tesoros biológicos aún por descubrir. Eso es justamente lo que sucedió a finales del verano de 1990 en el entorno del Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido, en Huesca. Jordi Serra, doctor en biología del Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, perteneciente al CSIC, descubrió una nueva especie de anfibio que fue descrita tres años después y bautizada con el nombre de rana pirenaica (Rana pyrenaica). Se trata de una especie endémica de las zonas central y occidental de los Pirineos que vive en los torrentes de aguas frías y bien oxigenadas. De forma ocasional también se han hallado ejemplares en charcas donde se produce una renovación constante del agua. Este anfibio presenta estrictas exigencias ecológicas y gran adaptación a las duras condiciones de la alta montaña. De hecho, las hembras realizan la puesta a finales de febrero. La rana pirenaica es un anuro de talla mediana, de unos 5 cm de longitud. Su piel es lisa, fina y muy viscosa, de un color entre canela crema y gris oliváceo, con discretas manchas verdosas.
Thanks Rita for helping out with posting some pictures for me, as I said I'm still learning and thank you for Joining me my friend. Hugs, Vinnie and old Dottie says woof.
Here is one of my favourite froggy pics. Enjoy!
A glass tree frog. What a stunning chap!
Don't know if one can call this chap 'beautiful'. But certainly in a class of his own. Species is: Sphenopryne cornuta
The chappy, or mommy above is carrying babies on his/her back. See the little feet?
Thank you for inviting me Vinnie.
Here's a cute one I've found....
Western Cape, South Africa: Endangered Leopard Toad.
TO ALL THE FROGS ARE US M E M B E R S :
HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Save Our Frogs!
Our wonderful froggy friends are disappearing!
What YOU Can Do to HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here are some simple ideas to help you get involved at home and in your community.
Create some space for wildlife:
-Plant a tree in your backyard.
-Build a pond for the neighborhood frogs.
-Start composting in your backyard garden or on your balcony. It eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers which are harmful to animals and humans, and it benefits your plants!
-Don't use harmful chemicals in your garden or home.
Renew, Recycle & Reuse:
-Find alternatives to pesticides and ozone-depleting chemicals in your home and workplace.
-Recycle your toys, books and games by donating them to a hospital, daycare, nursery school or children's charity. This way the same toys can make more than one person happy!
-Save energy by turning off lights, radios and the TV when you are not using them.
-Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth and use water-saving devices on your toilet, taps and showerhead.
-Encourage your family to take public transportation. Walk or ride bicycles rather than using the car. When you can, try to organize carpools. This will help cut down on harmful fumes and unnecessary use of our earth's resources.
-Buy products and food without packaging whenever possible. Take your own bag to the store. It will reduce the amount of garbage and waste your family produces.
-Encourage your family to shop for organic fruits and vegetables.
-Start garbage free lunches.
-Bring a lunchbox or a cloth lunch bag.
-Use a thermos and reusable containers.
-Start a recycling program at school.
-Encourage your cafeteria to use re-useable containers and recycled paper napkins.
-Sell coffee mugs to replace wasteful paper and styrofoam cups. Then donate the money to help protect the environment.
SHARE YOUR CONCERNS:
Start an environment club. You can hold special environment weeks and events.
Write to your local, provincial and federal government representatives to encourage them to help conserve wetlands and other amphibian habitats.
Write and perform a play or make a video to tell others about our endangered species.
Have your school adopt a part of the Earth. Plant native trees and shrubs on your school grounds or clean up a nearby stream or park with the help of local naturalist clubs.
PROTECT AN ACRE OF THE WORLD's VANISHING WILDERNESS:
Between 50 and 80% of all the plants and animals in the world live in the tropics. New species of frogs are discovered in the tropics all the time. Yet, every second more than an acre of tropical forest disappears. The trees are chopped down for re-sale, and what's left gets burned. Sometimes even this remaining land gets flooded by dams built for electricity or waterways. Our planet is losing huge amounts of rich habitat, home to millions of unique species and local peoples.
With their homes being cut down, many species are become endangered. It's been estimated that every hour, one species has completely dissapeared form the Earth!
Scientists and environmental action groups are trying to work with local rainforest peoples to develop alternatives to "slash and burn" agriculture, so that they can grow food and support themselves without having to destroy more forest.
Our own lifestyle choices have an impact on tropical habitats. We can also reduce demand for unsustainable rainforest products by being careful about what we buy. You can also make donations to one of the various Wildlife Conservation groups to adopt an acre of endangered forest and help conserve amphibian populations.
Rainforest Action Network
World Wildelife Fund
National Wildlife Federation
Other Cool Frog Projects:
Frog Force Campaign - a new initiative spearheaded by the Department of Interior and National Wildlife Federation, join in the campaign to raise awareness of the plight of frog species.
Frog Spotting Visit a local pond to hear the spring peepers, bullfrogs and other frog species singing love songs to each other.
A Thousand Friends of Frogs - connects K-12 students, educators, families, and scientists from Minnesota and beyond to study and celebrate frogs and their habitats.
Frogwatch USA USGS has launched Frogwatch USA fo conduct long-term frog and toad monitoring. Frogwatch aims to engage everyday people in conservation & having fun!
Rainforest Alliance Frog Pond Great teaching tool website with fun stuff for learning.
Eureka it's just the slimy babies on the frog that makes it look ugly. lol..Thanks Rita for helping to contribute. Yes Karina that looks like the Frog onmy Homepage Redjellyfish.com
Thanks Lita for the info. And thanks Africanbone for the pic. I like the one with babies on her back. It is just amazing how animals take care of their family.
Thanx Vinnie for the invite. This is my first visit & want to thank Africanbones & Karina for the cool pics. Hopefully, some day I too will be able to contribute. I can't do a darn thing on my mac except write. Have a good day all!
Thanks Vinnie for the invitation. This is my first visit .
Wonderful frog pictures.
Thank you, Vinnie for the invitation to join this group. Wonderful pictures of frogs. Here's my little addition. Have a great day everyone!
Lynn....that's one of the cutest pics I've ever seen!!!! How lucky that you got it. Thanx.
You're welcome, Wendy. Glad you like the pic. Too bad you can't do anything more on your Mac than type.
Well, it's late so I think I'll head for bed. Goodnight, all.
Not sure what kind of frog this is. It certainly isn't as pretty as your poison dart frog, Fulvia but as long as he doesn't look in the mirror..... lol
Hello frogs friends,
Acabo de unirme a este maravilloso grupo. ¡Qué fotografías más bonitas!
Traigo una de la cual no puedo aportar ninguna información, ¡ya lo siento!
Gracias Vinnie por la invitación, aunque no la haya recibido.
Beautiful!! Frogs & birds must be the most colorful beings in the world.
Isn't he coool? So many different colors!
My friend Martina in Spain said what beautiful frogs. This is her contribution. The two blue frogs. She has no information on them tho.Vinnie
It almost looks like a Rubber frog. Ain't everyone? And if anyone has any info on these Mystery frogs from Martina like those two bright Blue frogs. Please feel free to Share. Thanks, your Gracioius Host Vinnie and Dottie sends woofs.
Not sure about this little guy but he sure is cute!
D. Fantasticus - Peru
I love looking at these pics. Thanx to all for sharing.
Gastrotheca ceratophys Horned Frog
Hey Lynn, what's that Latin for Demon frog? LOL..He does have Horns. Thanks everyone for contributing and so glad you like the pictures as much as me my friend Wendy.
Vinnie, I don't understand Latin but it could very well mean Demon frog. LOL He sure looks mean enough, doesn't he? Wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley!
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog
This one is cute...
Have a Happy Day, my friends!
Love the photos - thanks everyone!
The two dancing frogs you posted are so darling.
Love the new add ons. I'm sending everyone a green star for making my day a little better by letting me see these adorable & sometimes kinda scary frogs. I can't wait to hear the frogs again when it warms up. Thank you all & hope you all have a wonderful week end. Peace to all.
Mouse Rides Frog in Indian Monsoon Rain Floods
(from National Geographic)
Wendy, thank you so much for sending us the green stars!
Big hugs to you.
I do that to Wendy my friend, when I feel good. I just send everyone a green star because I know I love getting them. They're so bright and pretty and kinda fun.
You see Lynn that's why Rts have survived forever. If there's ever a Fire or Flood, just Follow thr Rats. They always Map out a place and make Escape Routes. I saw it on Discovery Channel. They are very smart. Gross ? Yes, but it Will save your life. Trust me.
My friend Martina from Spain who uses Google to translate but I guess couldn't said. These are a few New Species of Frogs found in cold and oxiginated waters found in Europe after many, mmany years. How exciting!! This is the Readers Digest Version. lol..
Wow, there seem to be a lot of frog species being rediscovered & even a new species. Very cool.
Aw, this beautiful tree frog is resting his little head. So cute!
Most sleeping animals or Amphibians look cute. But this guy needs to go on a diet. lol Yes, Wendy there is no shortage of different species of Frogs. Like Birds and Snakes, so many wonders in our World. Cool...So glad to see everyone enjoying My Group so much.
Have a nice time every one.
Australian Tree Frog
This little guy has red eyes. Cute, isn't he?
These pics are so amazing! Thanks to all for sharing with us.