Two new frog species discovered in Panama’s fungal war zone

Trying to stay ahead of a deadly disease that has wiped out more than 100 species, scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute continue to discover new frog species in Panama. Two teams of researchers have named two new species in 2010: Pristimantis educatoris, from Omar Torrijos National Park, and Pristimantis adnus from Darien Province near the Colombian border.

In 1989 researchers realized that frogs were dying around the world. A few years later, they identified the cause: a fungal disease called chytridiomycosis. In 2004 Karen Lips, associate professor at the University of Maryland, sounded the alarm that the disease was devastating highland frogs in Central Panama and spreading across the country to the east.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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