Study: Glassfrogs Hide Red Blood Cells in Their Liver to Achieve Transparency

Study: Glassfrogs Hide Red Blood Cells in Their Liver to Achieve Transparency

Transparency in animals is a complex form of camouflage involving mechanisms that reduce the scattering and absorption of light throughout the organism. Many species have evolved transparency, but it is particularly challenging for vertebrates because red blood cells attenuate light. In a new study, researchers from Duke University and elsewhere found that glassfrogs are able […]

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Appetite for frogs’ legs in France and Belgium ‘driving species to extinction’

Appetite for frogs’ legs in France and Belgium ‘driving species to extinction’

A voracious appetite for frogs’ legs among the French and Belgians is driving species in Indonesia, Turkey and Albania to the brink of extinction, according to a report. Europe imports as many as 200 million mostly wild frogs every year, contributing to a serious depletion of native species abroad. Scientists estimate that the Anatolian water […]

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