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Cornufer vitianus

Amphibian News
The expansion of Cane Toads (Rhinella marina) in Australia is well known, but the species has been widely introduced elsewhere as well. A new study (Narayan et al. 2015) focuses on the impact of its introduction into Fiji on the native frogs. This experimental study of frogs in enclosures and in nature showed that Fiji Ground Toads (Cornufer vitianus, formerly Platymantis vitiana) were adversely affected by the invasive species, which exploits broader ecological roles and has strongly negative indirect effects. Most importantly, there is a significant reduction in reproductive success, the probable result of high stress levels as reflected in hormone measures.

Current number of amphibian species: 7,471 (Nov 24, 2015) Newly added species