Image of the Day: Save the Frogs

Small but striking with its eyebrow-like horns, the 6-centimeter smooth horned frog (Proceratophrys boiei) was one of 453 amphibian species in Brazil assessed in a recent conservation study.

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Proceratophrys boiei


     When ranking certain areas of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest for their conservation importance, an international team of scientists from Brazil and Spain employed a practical approach by considering “the tradeoff between biodiversity gains and the cost of paying landowners,” for use of private lands to protect amphibians and their habitats, the authors say in their report. This smooth horned frog (Proceratophrys boiei) was among those species considered.

See F.S. Campos et al., “Cost-effective conservation of amphibian ecology and evolution,” Science Advances, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1602929, 2017.

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