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    'Extinct' frog found in Australia

    'Extinct' frog found in Australia


    Yellow-spotted Bell Frogs in the Southern Tablelands, New South Wales

    A frog species thought to have been extinct for more than three decades has been sighted in farmland in Australia.

    A thriving community of yellow spotted bell frog has been identified in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.

    NSW Environment Minister Frank Sartor said the discovery was a reminder of the importance of protecting natural habitats.

    "I'm advised that finding this frog is as significant a discovery as a Tasmanian tiger," he added.

    "This discovery is a reminder of the need to protect this environment so future generations can enjoy the noise and colour of our native animals."

    The frog species' continued existence was first spotted in 2008. Experts then followed up the sighting and have now confirmed the identification.

    It is the first sighting since 1973. Mr Sartor said the location of the frogs would remain secret to ensure the survival of the species. There are plans to breed the animals at Taraonga Zoo for re-introduction to the wild.

    The International Union for Conversation of Nature says one-third of the world's 6,000 amphibian species are under threat of extinction.

    Mike Tyler, a frog expert at the University of Adelaide, told the Associated Press that at least a dozen species of Australian frogs were critically endangered and probably more that were not yet known about.

    "In the last decade, three new species of frog have been discovered in the Kimberley," he said. The Kimberley is a northern region of Western Australia state.

    "I know of two more in the Northern Territory which haven't even yet been described... one of the specimens is sitting here on my desk looking at me."


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    Personally I don't like noisy frogs.
    When they're at it in the rainy the noise round mine is unbearable, I have to have the TV on full blast to hear it.

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    The bloke who found it is an occasional visitor to TD ... small world

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    Marmite te frog?
    Strontium frog?
    Dirty frog perhaps?

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    Nah, Teresa Green's boyfriend

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    oh ferk... i think i got one of these little buggers with mower, buggar

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    "I'm advised that finding this frog is as significant a discovery as a Tasmanian tiger," he added.
    Think I would rather have found a tiger, I mean opening a matchbox to show someone your newly re-discovered frog isn't quite as impressive as wheeling in a giant cage with some ferocious beast in it

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    ^ errr I guess not ... like the logic man

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    Agreed DD as long as you didn't stumble across it and it ate you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    'Extinct' frog found in Australia
    Just saw a frog in same position as the one on the bottom in Bangkok. The Aussies need to expand the search.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    It is the first sighting since 1973. Mr Sartor said the location of the frogs would remain secret to ensure the survival of the species. There are plans to breed the animals at Taraonga Zoo for re-introduction to the wild.
    Give it a few years and it could be "bleedin yella spots, bladdy vermin mate"

    Theres this constant push to preserve every species on the planet, its getting real crowded as it is.

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    ^Looks like they're doing a decent job of trying to make sure the situation improves...


    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr
    The bloke who found it is an occasional visitor to TD ... small world
    That's pretty cool....

    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot
    Theres this constant push to preserve every species on the planet, its getting real crowded as it is.
    Preserving the wrong species though and the main contributors to the problems of the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot
    Theres this constant push to preserve every species on the planet, its getting real crowded as it is.
    America is trying to correct that minor problem starting with the middle east.

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