Friday Frog

So, some scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey were scouting for locations where they might attempt re-establishung the mountain yellow-legged frog, Rana muscova., following the first successful breeding of the nearly extinct species at the San Diego Zoo.

Not far away, a team from the San Diego Natural History Museum were following the trail of a 1908 expedition, so as to compare the earlier notes with the situation a century later to see how the ecology had changed.

Guess what? The two teams independently discovered completely unexpected wild populations of the endangered frogs. Yay!!

Rana muscova, with egg clutch

Rana muscova, with egg clutch

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~ by B.T. Murtagh on July 31, 2009.

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