Yesterday was World Frog Day, I’m not sure how I missed posting yesterday about frogs, but I live frogs, so a day late doesn’t matter to me.
Everyone loves frogs. March 20 was World Frog Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness about these amazing creatures and the challenges they face and their ecological importance.
Wallace's flying frog or the Abah River flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), which was named after naturalist #AlfredRusselWallace, co-author of the Theory of Evolution via Natural selection, with ##CharlesDarwin is pictured here.
WFF is a moss frog found at least from the Malay Peninsula into western Indonesia and is present in #Borneo and #Sumatra Wallace, who collected the first specimen to be formally identified
This frog is quite photogenic, due to its large size, brilliant colors, and interesting behavior. Its eyes and eardrums are large, its limbs are very long, and its fingers and toes are webbed right to the tips. Together with a fringe of skin stretching between the limbs, this flying frog can parachute to the forest floor from high in the trees where it is normally found.
Frogs occupy a huge range of habitats and environmental niches. The diversity among frogs is quite incredible, but one thing they all share is their sensitivity to the quality of their environment. This attribute is what makes frogs such vital environmental indicators – if the places they inhabit become degraded and polluted, or are altered by a rapidly changing climate, frogs are among the first to be impacted.
According to the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) in recent decades frog species have faced alarming extinction rates. Habitat destruction, the spread of the deadly chytrid fungus, and a fast changing climate are all major factors that have contributed to the devastating mass extinctions. Many remaining species are vulnerable and endangered, occurring only in tiny patches of remnant habitat and are dangerously close to being lost forever like so many others who have disappeared before them.
A quick look at the Red List shows that there are dozens of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species.