A new species of siren has been described from coastal southeastern United States. Sirens are a type of aquatic salamanders that live a highly secretive lifestyle. They spend most of their time at the bottom of muddy ponds, swamps, and streams, making them hard to observe. The new species was named after the seepage fed creeks that they live in.
The Seepage Siren is the smallest of the genus Siren, only reaching 7.8 inches (20 cm) long while some sirens can reach over 3 feet long. Besides being smaller than the other sirens, it also has 30 – 33 costal grooves and a gray base color.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has assessed the Mountain Mist Frog as Extinct earlier this month. The frog lived in northeastern Australia in the streams of their rain forests. Sadly, the frog hasn’t been seen since the 1990s. There are a couple reasons for its extinction including Chytrid Fungus, a deadly fungal disease, habitat loss, and climate change. Biggest reason I believe is because the people in power just don’t give a fuck.
Common Name: Fitzinger’s Robber Frog Scientific Name:Craugastor fitzingeri Family:Craugastoridae Locations: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama FemaleSize: 2 inches (52.5 mm) Male Size: 0.9 – 1.4 inches (23.5 – 35 mm)
The Fitzinger’s Robber Frog lives in a variety of habitats from rain forests to dry gallery forests. They are primarily found amongst the leaf litter. The species is named after Leopold Fitzinger, an Austrian zoologist.
Females lays around 85 eggs and will sit on the nest until they hatch. They are a direct developing species, skipping a free larval phase.
Common Name: Nattarjack Toad Scientific Name:Epidalea calamita Location: North Wales coast
The Nattarjack has a bold yellow line down the center of its back, differing from the Common Toad. They are usually smaller than the Common Toad as well.
Common Name: Common Toad Scientific Name:Bufo bufo Location: Throughout
The most wide spread of the frogs and toads of Wales.
Common Name: African Clawed Frog Scientific Name:Xenopus laevis Location: Southern Wales
The African Clawed Frog is a fully aquatic frog that was once used as pregnancy tests in labs. Sadly, some individuals have escaped those labs or were released. These frogs are blamed for the spread of diseases.
Common Name: Common Midwife Toad Scientific Name:Alytes obstericans Location: Around Llandrindod Wells
Originally introduced in Bedford in the 19th century, the toad has spread out a bit.