Fossil frog bone publicity

01 September 2017

Not just old bones

Publicity for Thalassa's publication about Ptychadena  fossils from Langabaanweg in the SANParks Times.

In this article, Thalassa explains about the significance of the finding of Ptychadena  bones from close to Cape Town in South Africa's winter rainfall zone. 

Read the original paper published in the South African Journal of Science here:

Matthews, T., Measey, G.J. & Roberts, D. (2016) Implications of a summer breeding frog from Langebaanweg (South Africa): regional climate evolution at 5.1 Mya. South African Journal of Science J Sci. 112(9/10): 20160070

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Secrets of silent toads

01 August 2017

Shelley publishes on Rose's Mountain Toadlet's amazing reproduction

Few frogs come close to the amazing Rose's Mountain Toadlet. For most of the year they hide away, very rarely sited on their mountain tops. But on moonlit evenings in late August they emerge and go into a frenzy of breeding.

In this really nice paper, Shelley Edwards and co-authors describes what happens after the eggs are laid and the tadpoles quickly grow in their mountain puddle homes. 

This is an amazing natural history paper based on intensive surveys of two populations on the Cape peninsula.

Read all about it:

Edwards, S, Tolley, KA & Measey, GJ (2017) Habitat characteristics influence the breeding of Rose's dwarf mountain toadlet Capensibufo rosei (Anura: Bufonidae) Herpetological Journal27: 287-298. pdf

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Nitya Invades Scottish Islands

11 July 2017

Nitya presents a poster at Island Invasives Conference

PhD student Nitya Mohanty presents a poster on his work on invasive species of the Andaman Islands at the Island Invasives Conference 2017, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Scotland. Nitya's work was well received with many envious of his idilic island field site in the Bay of Bengal. 

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Marike shows the aSCR project to ZSSA in Pretoria

04 July 2017

Pretoria falls silent to hear Marike's peninsula moss frog.

MSc student, Marike Louw, presented her aSCR work to an eager audience at the Zoological Society of Southern Africa's (ZSSA) meeting at CSIR Pretoria, South Africa

In this eagerly anticipated talk, Marike layed out her latest findings in the National Geographic sponsored project. 

Also at the ZSSA, Alex Rebelo presented his MSc work on the pyxicephalid radiation. 

Marike Louw, Res Altwegg, Andrew Turner, Jasper Slingsby, Ben Stevenson, David Borchers, & John Measey Densities of Arthroleptella lightfooti across the Cape Peninsula: preliminary results from acoustic spatial capture-recapture. 2017 Combined Congress of the Entomological and Zoological Societies of Southern Africa CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

Alex Rebelo & John Measey Frog Olympics: exploring the locomotor ecomorphology of the pyxicephalid radiation in southern Africa. 2017 Combined Congress of the Entomological and Zoological Societies of Southern Africa CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

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A blast from the past

23 June 2017

A blast from the past: Western Leopard Toads and microsatellites

Stephen Doucette-Riise submitted his MSc thesis (Zoology, UCT) on Western Leopard Toads back in 2012 while I was working at SANBI. Stephen worked hard on trialing a number of microsatellite candidates to profile WLTs in the Overstrand area (Stanford to Aghulas). 

Despite completing his MSc, the microsatellite study wasn't finished as Stephen didn't have enough time to profile enough microsatellites for the project. Jessica da Silva recently stepped into the breach and produced this microsat note on the toad. 

da Silva, J.M., Feldheim, K.A., Measey, G.J., Doucett-Riise, S., Daniels, R.J., Chauke, L.F. & Tolley, K.A. (2017) Genetic diversity and differentiation of the Western Leopard Toad (Sclerophrys pantherina) based on mitochondrial and microsatellite markers. African Journal of Herpetology 66: 25-38 

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