Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Lungless frog discovered

Yes, lungless.
From Borneo comes Barbourula kalimantanensis, which gets its oxygen through its skin. The species had been found 30 years ago, but only one other specimen of this rare amphibian had been collected since then. Neither example was ever dissected. Now more frogs have been found in the wild - just in time to stun the biologists who finally looked inside and realized they had the only lungless anuran (frog or toad) known anywhere in the world.

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