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First Lungless Frog Discovered

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  1. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Researchers have confirmed the first case of complete lunglessness in a frog. The aquatic frog Barbourula kalimantanensis apparently gets all the oxygen it needs through its skin. Previously known from only two specimens, two new populations of the aquatic frog were found by the team during a recent expedition to Indonesian Borneo.

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    That's pretty cool! :) Grr, I wish they'd mention some of the frog's taxonomy though....unless it's going to be an entirely new Family. As the article mentioned, there are a lot of lungless salamanders (I've kept some), but no lungless frogs known until now. Most people don't realize that amphibians take in oxygen through their skin and throat, not just their lungs.

    That area of Asia is a goldmine of new species though. There have been a lot coming from there. Makes me hope we can protect it.
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