Category Archives: amphibians

A new amphibian named after Trump!

Ladies, and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, meet Dermophis donaldtrumpi, a newly-named species of amphibian, which has its own Wikipedia page even though the name was announced yesterday. It’s a caecilian, or legless amphibian, which looks for all the world like a worm. But it is an amphibian. Here it is: The BBC report (click on […]

A large new salamander from the United States

by Greg Mayer Sean Graham, Richard Kline, David Steen, and Crystal Kelehear have just published a description of a new species of salamander from the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida (reference at bottom). It’s quite a handsome beast, with bold reticulations and an almost decorative frill of external gills.   It’s a species of […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Time to think about sending me photos again; seven dollops a week really lowers the tank.  And if you’re reader Peter Ayling, please contact me, as I seem to have no copies of the photos you sent. Today we have some lovely photos from reader Terry Milewski, who has appeared on this site before (see […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

This will be the last dollop of photos until mid-November, but if you’ve sent them to me, they will appear eventually. Today Reader Tony Eales from Brisbane has some great photos from Brunei. His notes and IDs are indented. So I went to Brunei as a paying volunteer on a taxonomic expedition with a group […]

Here’s the tree frog!

Did you spot the tree from in Mark Sturtevant’s photo this morning? Here it is! (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader James Petts sent photos of deer, young and mature. His notes are indented. “Whitey” refers to a leucistic deer that has, mirabile dictu, survived being hunted for several years. The location is Freeland, WA, on the west coast of Whidbey Island. It is adjacent to Admiralty Inlet, the main N/S body of Puget Sound. […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs: My frog is still alive!

Atelopus coynei is an aposematic neotropical frog first captured and described by my late friend Ken Miyata (this was part of a grad-school deal in which I offered to lend him $500 if one day he’d name a species after me). I’ve written about it on this site several times before.  As I have no offspring, this […]

Reader’s wildlife video

This is a stupendous feat of ingestion, and so I’ll put it up by itself. The video was shot by reader Rick Longworth, who calls it, accurately, “Big Gulp.” His notes: Here we see a green heron (Butorides virescens) downing a good sized bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) near Poughkeepsie, NY. This is my first attempt at […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some lovely amphibians from Swiss reader and biologist Jacques Hausser. The captions are his. The two first species belong to the family Bufonidae. Bufo bufo, the common (or European) toad. This one was hiding under rotting bits of bark in a place in the woods where lumberjacks had been working. Toads are rather secretive […]

A ten pound frog frog lived in ancient Madagascar

A frog that could swallow a small theropod dinosaur? Well, maybe: it was large enough, and weighed in at a hefty ten pounds (4.5 kilograms). This animal, with the clever name of Beelzebufo, was first described in 2008, but a new paper in PNAS by Susan Evans et al. (reference and free link below), describes […]