Welcome to the 100th edition of FrogLog. A little over 20 years ago the first edition of FrogLog was published by the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTF). A free publication, FrogLog provided a summary of field studies, announcements, grant support, and recent publications. In August 2006 the 76th edition of FrogLog was published by the newly formed IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. Since then we have tried to build on the great work undertaken by the DAPTF and have continued to develop FrogLogto meet the needs of our members and the wider community interested in amphibian conservation and research.
With the current FrogLog format we are hoping to provide an insight into regional activities and provide opportunities for individuals and groups to tell their stories. FrogLog articles range from detailed project updates and notes on the ecology of species, to stories from the field, which often read like an adventure novel.
This edition is a prime example of what we are trying to achieve. The ASG Updates provide a general overview of some of the projects in which we are currently involved, specifically within the region of focus but also globally, allowing us to highlight some of the upcoming projects of our partners, such as Amphibian Ark’s “Leaping Ahead of Extinction” event this February 29th (see page 18).
The Regional Focus section was introduced to provide members an annual platform to publicize their inspiring efforts. In this South American edition we have updates from a number of groups from Argentina to Venezuela with several fantastic submissions from non-ASG members whose work we are proud to publish. The Global section provides further opportunity for individuals and groups to publicize their efforts throughout the year. In this edition we have articles from Costa Rica, China, and India to name but a few.
We hope that the development of FrogLog will continue to be dynamic and meet the needs of our members and the wider community and thank all those who have played a part in keeping FrogLog alive for the last 20 years. Here’s looking forward to the next 20!
NEWS FROM THE ASG
6 ASG Updates
8 ASG Bulletin Board
9 The Search for “Lost” Frogs Next Steps
12 Conservation and biogeography of threatened Amphibians of Eastern Sinharaja
15 New Amphibian Captive Breeding Center Opens in Madagascar
16 Protection of critical amphibian habitat through novel partnerships in Colombia
18 Leaping Ahead of Extinction
20 Regional Updates
24 Rediscovery of the endemic marsupial frog Gastrotheca gracilis and conservation status of the genus Gastrotheca in NW Argentina
26 The conservation status of Amphibians of Argentina
27 Bolivian amphibian Initiative and the conservation work in Bolivia
29 Frogs from the end of the world: conservation,alliances and people action in the Valdivian Coastal range of Chile
32 Darwin’s frogs in Chile
34 Conserving South Chile’s Imperiled Amphibian Fauna
36 Colombian Amphibians: Cryptic diversity and cryptic taxonomy
38 First Adult Rediscovery, First Recording of Call, and Ecological Notes for Melanophryniscus macrogranulosus (Braun, 1973), Brazil
40 Ecological Notes, Natural History and Conservation Summary of Melanophryniscus admirabilis (Di Bernardo et al. 2006), Brazil
41 Field Guide to Aposematic Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae)of the Andean Countries: Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela
44 Nine New Species of Frogs and Toads Discovered at Reserva Natural Mesemis-Paramillo in the Northwestern Andes of Colombia
45 Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Venezuela: Current Research and Perspectives
47 Atelopus Cruciger: Past, Present and Future in Venezuela
50 Museo de Zoología of Pontifi cia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (QCAZ)
51 Caring now for the future of the Ecuadorian frogs: The “Balsa de los Sapos” Initiative
52 The Cutting Edge of Sustainability: Cold Blooded Research in an Overlooked Hotspot
54 Famous Atelopus frogs from Amazonia
56 Merging community ecology and phylogenetic biology in amphibian research: How habitats shape anuran trait communities and species’ life-history traits
58 Biology of Hibernation in Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Schneider, 1799)
59 Multiple emergences of genetically diverse amphibian infecting chytrids include a globalized hypervirulent recombinant lineage
61 An Overview of ASG Regional Activities in Mainland China
62 Protecting the streamdwelling frog Feirana taihangnicus in Central China
63 A public education program for amphibian conservation from Shenyang Normal University Wildlife Conservation Society in China
63 Monitoring and habitat restoration of a newly discovered population of Onychodactylus fischeri in China
65 Survey and monitoring of amphibians in Yatung of Tibet
66 Decline and Conservation of Amphibians: an Update
69 Report on Lithobates vibicarius (Cope, 1894) (Anura: Ranidae) in Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco, Alajuela, Costa Rica