Study Shows U.S Amphibians Disappearing at ‘Alarming and Rapid Rate’

May 30, 2013 by  
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Amphibians, with their permeable skin, delicate membranes, and semi-aquatic habitats, have long been considered to be bioindicators . These species are generally the first to feel environmental stresses and they can provide warning signs for the overall health of ecosystems; bad news for salamanders, frogs, newts, and toads means trouble for the rest of the web of life. A startling new study published in PLoS One by scientists from the US Geological Survey found that amphibians in the United States are disappearing so rapidly that they could vanish from half of their habitats in the next 20 years. The nine-year study found that endangered species are predicted to fare even worse and they could die off in as few as six years. Read the rest of Study Shows U.S Amphibians Disappearing at ‘Alarming and Rapid Rate’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amphibians , bioindicator , decline , ecosystem , endangered species , michael adams , plos one , united states , us geological survey , usgs        

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