Michigan State Research Shows 32 Frog Species Still Exist, Not Extinct

Michigan State University PhD student Kyle Jaynes with an Atelopus coynei individual in northern Ecuador

“I can’t tell you how special it is to hold something we never thought we’d see again.” Michigan State University doctoral student Kyle Jaynes said after a trip to South America to look for harlequin frogs.

Jaynes, a member of MSU’s Department of Integrative Biology and ecology, evolution, and behavior program, was part of a team that helped resurrect as many as 32 species of harlequin frogs, at least academically.

The team, through a combination of literature review and fieldwork, showed that some of the colorful, patterned, and variegated Neotropical species, which once ranged throughout the Ecuadorian Andes range but have in recent decades become thought they were extinct, they still survive in the wild. .

It’s a story below the frog, as Matt Davenport said in an MSU Today article. The team’s findings are presented in a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation.

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