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A South American frog once thought to be extinct was spotted in its native Colombia in early May. The painted frog, which is found only in the Boyaca region of Colombia, was last seen in 1995. But the discovery by Professor Carlos Rocha of the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia gives conservationists hope that other species may be rediscovered as well. It was thought that the frog was killed off by a fungal disease called chytridiomycosis that has ravaged amphibian populations worldwide.

"The scientific importance of the finding must motivate us to adopt urgent measures toward saving the last of these amphibians, both in the wild and through captive breeding programs," said Fabio Arjona, executive director of Conservation International in Colombia.

--BBC, 5/19
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Title Annotation:SOUTH AMERICA
Publication:Earth Island Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:3COLO
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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