Syed Muthahar Saqaf
Exhibition enables people to appreciate these beings, conserve them

Extraordinary facts of the ordinary: An exhibition on amazing Amphibians and Molluscs organised by the Barn Owl Nature Club in Tiruchi on Sunday.

The discovery of a dozen species of Western Ghats tree frogs that are new to science is evidence of significant biodiversity surviving in certain parts of India. It is at the same time a cautionary tale on how mindless development can wipe out species that have not had the opportunity even to enter the scientific record.

The axolotl, a salamander that retains unique evolutionary features and is a darling of biologists because it can regenerate limbs, faces adversity on two fronts.

biological sciences Frog, out of the well The frog, Odorrana tormota, is the only animal that can manipulate its hearing system to select particular frequencies. It helps the males to call and woo females. The system in frogs is also being used as a model for hearing aids. The rare amphibian may have evolved its hearing talent out of necessity, since its environment is so noisy,

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Scientist S.D. Biju, the winner of this year's Sabin Award for Amphibian Conservation.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: S.D. Biju has won the Sabin Award for Amphibian Conservation, instituted by the Amphibian Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Dr. Biju, who now leads a research group at the University of Delhi as an Associate Professor, gets it for his contributions to amphibian conservation and research in the Western Ghats over the last 15 years, University of Delhi said in a press release. The award includes $25,000.

jumbo amphibians: Over 37 million years ago, elephants used to be semi-aquatic mammals. Researchers have revealed this after investigating the lifestyle of two elephants from the Eocene period. They

Tropical insects, amphibians and reptiles will probably never enjoy the status of an environmental poster child, but global warming's impact on them can't be ignored. So say Josh Tewksbury of the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues.

As many amphibians face the very real threat of being completely wiped out by disease, climate change and pollution, Emma Marris looks at a controversial approach to save some of them in glass boxes.

>> South Australian authorities have found a cane toad in the capital city, Adelaide. They say the toad is a stray case and not an indication that cane toads have migrated to the state. They are

researchers in Italy have found hope in amphibians to treat hospital-acquired infections. A group of bacteria that cause the infections

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