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 Post subject: 35 new species of the amphibians discovered in Sri Lanka
 Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:29 am 
35 new species of the amphibians discovered
Another 19 species have died out

In a decade-long study, researchers led by Rohan Pethiyagoda found evidence of 35 new frog species, confirming Sri Lanka as the world's number one spot for frogs, with more than 200 known species ahead of Costa Rica.

Although Sri Lankans have not cultivated a taste for the amphibians, 19 species have died out in the wild and not in the cauldron.

Frogs are said to play a vital role in eradicating insect pests in rice fields and the decline in frogs has resulted in an increase in the use of pesticides which in turn lead to pollution.

According to the World Conservation Union, 19 of the 34 amphibian species identified as extinct world-wide are from Sri Lanka.

Read More:The world's number one hot spot for frogs


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