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Rising threats endanger Pacific amphibians

Morrison, Clare (2007) Rising threats endanger Pacific amphibians. Pacific Ecologist, 13 . pp. 67-69. ISSN 1175-6543

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Abstract

During the past 30 years, amphibians around the world have been exhibiting severe population declines and disappearances for a multitude of reasons with Pacific species being no exception. This article is a brief overview of the situation. With their relatively small size, permeable skins, heavy reliance on water and dual lifecycles on land and water, amphibians are a particularly vulnerable class of animal. There are approximately 6040 known amphibian species in the world, divided into three main general groups: frogs (5314 species), salamanders (555) and caecilians (171). Currently, 1896 species (32%) of amphibians are listed as threatened. (1) By comparison, just 12% of all bird species and 23% of all mammal species are threatened.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 29 May 2007 21:29
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 21:35
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4256
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