first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Discovered in the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes, the Manduriacu glass frog (Nymphargus manduriacu) was just newly described by scientists last week, but its survival is already critically endangered by mining activities, according to a new study.As with other glass frogs, this species has somewhat translucent skin (which makes their internal organs visible from their bellies), lives most of its life in trees, and descends to the water to breed, according to National Geographic. But unlike its relatives, the Manduriacu glass frog has numerous yellow spots on its back, and unique webless fingers.According to the study published in the journal PeerJ, the amphibian lives in a private reserve but the area is part of a mining concession. Stay on targetcenter_img “Ecuador is a megadiverse country, part of the most diverse hotspot on Earth, and the country with the highest amphibian species richness per unit of area in the world. However, ecosystems are under heavy pressure from agriculture, wood extraction, oil palm plantation, and, most recently, mining,” the paper’s authors said.Companies in Ecuador can obtain rights to underground resources, such as gold, from the government, National Geographic reported. But while companies are legally required to consult with the landowners (in this case, a conservation group called Fundacion EcoMinga) and the local community, that didn’t happen. The government instead sold the concession to a subsidiary of a mining company.The researchers are hoping the study draws attention from the government, NGOs, local communities, scientists, and the general public toward the conservations of the few Chocó-Andean forests still remaining in Ecuador.“We also think that taxonomists should play a more active role in conservation biology, mainly because the results of our work (i.e., new species with limited distributions) are powerful tools to justify habitat conservation, specially through partnerships with environmental NGOs,” they said.More on,700 Animal Species Face Increased Risk of Extinction in 50 YearsWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Found in Brazilian JungleAustralian Rodent Becomes First ‘Climate Change Extinction’last_img

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