The Last Known Rabb’s Fringe-Limbed Treefrog Has Died at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Rare frog goes extinct, despite rescue efforts

by Bo Emerson

A rare tree frog – the last documented member of a species relatively new to science – has died at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The body of the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum), estimated to be about 12 years old, was discovered in its enclosure Monday morning during a routine daily health inspection.

In 2005 the garden, Zoo Atlanta and Southern Illinois University sent a team of scientists to Panama to collect live animals before the chytrid disease struck the area. Among the frogs they brought back to Atlanta was a species of tree frog, Ecnomiohyla rabborum, new to science, the Rabbs’ frog.It was later named for conservationists George and Mary Rabb. In time, the disease did arrive in Panama, and many of the frogs disappeared…

(read more: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

photograph via: Atlanta Botanical Garden

“The Yuletide Newt, or, Alderman Titus Palmer, Delivering Alms, in the County of Lancashire, Winter 1802” (12” x 12” on stretched cotton-duck, SOLD). *nearly at the end of these Christmas Card images for 2016*

Prior to the rationalization of local administrative areas under the Municipal Reform Act (1835), these areas in England were governed by the Parish Church Vestry Committee. Vestries controlled the governance of both religious and secular local matters. Parishes were the successors of the ancient manorial system, and historically had been grouped into areas known as ‘hundreds,’ a geographical region used, primarily, for the collection and allocation of local taxes. Within each Parish Church Vestry Committee there was a hierarchy of, mainly, two named representatives: councillors and aldermen. Councillors were directly elected by the electorate, but aldermen were elected by councillors; aldermen, therefore, to precedence.

The role of the alderman was to chair committees and transact other important parish council business. In 1801, an amendment was added to the published Constitution of the Parish Church Vestry Committee, requiring aldermen in all local parishes to perform acts of charity within their local communities once a year. In the Borough of Preston in Lancashire, the alderman, Titus Palmer – a keen skater – undertook his charitable duties with great enthusiasm, especially when the local waterways were frozen sufficiently. This painting celebrates Titus Palmer’s alms-giving using his favoured method of personal transport.

I hope it’s not immodest to relate that of all the hundreds of paintings I’ve made, this is probably my personal favourite of them all; I don’t really know why exactly, which is odd, but there it is. If your delivering alms of some sort, or receiving them today, I hope the day brings you peace and happiness. #newt #skating #winter #amphibian #presents

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Upper Amazon treefrog, Dendropsophus bifurcus by Andreas Kay
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Reptile keeper PSA

HEY GUYS! so, I know a lot of us use Exo-Terra plastic plants in our enclosures, and I’m no exception, since they’re so cheap and look decent.

but I just pulled one out of my Cuban tree frog’s enclosure, and I found this

that would be rusty wire sticking out of the plastic.

so I went and checked all my others, and sure enough, almost all of them had some protruding rusty metal wires.

Exo-Terra, are you fucking kidding me? how can you tell your customer base that this is terrarium-safe?? 

reptile/amphibian keepers: PLEASE remove these from your enclosures! don’t let your animals get exposed to potentially toxic levels of rust! 

I have had a few mysterious amphibian deaths recently and I’m starting to wonder. 

so please use these ONLY in arid/desert enclosures… or better yet, don’t use them at all!

reptile side of tumblr… reblog to save a life.