Haiti’s disappearing frogs


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Captive breeding frogs

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Captive breeding frogs

    A replicated study in 2010–2012 of a captive breeding programme for Eleutherodactylus species of frogs at the Philadelphia Zoo, USA (Martínez Rivera, Bell & Parker 2011) found that six of 10 species produced offspring, but only three species were raised successfully. In 2011, eight of the 10 species laid eggs. Six of those species laid fertilized eggs that produced offspring. The three species that were raised successfully were Mozart’s frog Eleutherodactylus amadeus, la hotte frog Eleutherodactylus bakeri and Macaya breast-spot frog Eleutherodactylus thorectes. By 2011, the zoo held over 650 frogs of the 10 species. In 2010, 176 frogs of 10 critically endangered species were collected from four sites in Haiti. Frogs were housed in seven biosecure enclosures with water filtration, lighting, temperature control, misting systems and heat lamps. Tanks had soil substrate and plants. Each species was kept separate, within breeding groups (3–15 frogs).


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