America’s Frogs, Toads and Salamanders Disappearing Rapidly: Amphibian Decline : Nature & Environment : Science World Report

2 Jun

So our amphibians are declining too, not just the bees?

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America’s Frogs, Toads and Salamanders Disappearing Rapidly: Amphibian Decline : Nature & Environment : Science World Report.

When people think of species decline, their minds often wander toward the polar bear or the tiger–charismatic mega fauna that look good on posters. Yet there are other species that are going extinct far more rapidly–amphibians. Researchers have made the first ever estimate of how fast frogs, toads and salamanders in the United States are disappearing from their habitats.

Amphibians play an important role in ecosystems. They act as efficient predators of insects and also provide valuable nutrients to creatures further up the food chain. In addition, some play an important role in nutrient cycling.  They’re a constant presence in watery ecosystems, so the new findings are especially worrisome. It turns out that even the species of amphibians presumed to be relatively stable and widespread are declining….

 

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