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See 200 live frogs


The best way to learn about frogs? Try viewing more than 200 frogs representing 25 species.

That’s what awaits visitors to the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan, where the exhibit, <a href=”http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/frogs/?src=h_h” target=_blank”>”Frogs: A Chorus of Colors”</a> remains on view until Sept. 9.

When the exhibit first opened in 2004, fewer than 5,000 species were known, but now, 5,380 have been identified.

Unfortunately, all the news is not good, according to the museum.

The spread of chytrid (pronounced KIH-trid) fungus, habitat degradation and global warming has taken a toll. Studies have shown that nearly 33 percent of the world’s amphibians are now threatened with extinction. Frogs account for 88 percent of the overall amphibian population, the museum said.

The exhibit teaches about the different species of frogs, their life cycle, threats and other interesting stuff.

The museum has been working to learn more about frogs. One tool it uses is the Global Amphibian Assessment Database, a comprehensive online resource for scientists that is managed by one of the curators of the “Frogs” exhibit, Darrel Frost.

Frost and lead curator Christopher Raxworthy, along with other scientists, recently co-wrote a Science journal article calling for the creation of The Amphibian Survival Alliance to coordinate research and conservation efforts worldwide.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 at 4:10 pm by Laura Incalcaterra. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: american museum of natural history, FrOGS