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Weekly Scientific Read: Extinction Rates of Amphibians

o those of us that work in the field of herpetology or have a passion for herps, the ever looming high risk of extinction to our favourite groups of animals is a true horror story. Diseases such as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis which has already had a large impact on amphibian populations globally and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans which has recently started to do the same, although currently limited to Belgium and the Netherlands, threaten amphibian species around the globe. With this in mind, there is considerable evidence that a mass extinction of amphibians is currently underway and with growing threats reptiles may also be slipping into a mass extinction. A new paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at the current extinction rates in both amphibians and reptiles. Leer más.

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