Hula Painted Frog
November 19, 2011 by staff
Hula Painted Frog, Hula painted frog, declared extinct in 1996, found not to have croaked it It was once declared extinct but the Hula painted frog has now hopped back into sight for the first time in 50 years.
The amphibian has reappeared because its northern Israel habitat is damp again after being drained in the 1950s to stop malaria, say experts.
The species was extremely rare even before the Hula Valley was drained, and was declared extinct by experts in 1996 after decades of fruitless searches.
Omri Gal, of Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority, said: ‘It’s an amazing find, now we have a second chance to preserve the species.’
The frog was discovered by chance during a routine patrol of the Ha’Hula lake and has now been placed in a protective facility.
Aquatic ecologist Dana Milstein said there are probably more of the species in the area.
The species, ‘discoglossus nigriventer’, often sports a dark belly with small white spots and is believed to have cannibalistic tendencies.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources believes nearly a third of the world’s amphibian species are endangered or extinct because of habitat loss and fungal disease.
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