Tagged: frogs

Will the real frog please stand up… - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence Dec 05, 2017

Luke Easton, a PhD student from our laboratory studying Conservation Palaeontology, is about to drop into Martinborough’s Cave of Bones. Abseiling into the tomo he is assaulted by the putrid rich smell and sight of rotting sheep carcases that lie between him and his treasure. You see, Luke is on the hunt for the bones of some of the … Read More

Photos: Creatures reveal true colours up close - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 23, 2017

From a tiny caddsifly to a frolicking dusky dolohin, NIWA staff have captured some beautiful images of insects, birds, fish – and a particularly handsome frog. These up close and personal images have required enormous patience, great skills and a little bit of luck to pull off. They have all been taken by NIWA scientists and staff in the course … Read More

Weird Science: The ‘kermit sutra’ expanded as frogs taught us a new sex position - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 26, 2016

Who’d have thought a frog could teach us a thing or two about sexual acrobatics, apart from Miss Piggy that is? On the whole, frogs and toads are sexual conservatives – 7,000 species around the world indulge in just six different mating positions – but in June we were introduced to an entirely new one. The Bombay night … Read More

Getting ahead of a potentially deadly salamander disease - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 11, 2015

A fungal pathogen with the potential to devastate salamander populations has yet to arrive in North America, but scientists are ready and waiting should it appear. New Zealand researchers are among a group calling for global action against the emerging disease before it spreads. Scientists in Europe discovered the fungal pathogen, Salamander chytrid disease – Batrachocytrium … Read More