Leaping into the spotlight, The Straits Times, 12 April 2018

The Straits Times reported on the discovery by scientists from Yale-NUS College and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences of five new species of Southeast Asian frogs from a group of approximately 400 museum specimens which researchers had long thought belonged to only two species. Yale-NUS College Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Jennifer Sheridan, who led the research effort, noted that there is nearly one new species of animals discovered daily in the region. At the same time, Southeast Asia has the highest rate of habitat destruction in the world. Dr Sheridan added that it is very disturbing that we are losing habitat, and thus species both known and yet to be discovered. The accurate identification of species and their geographical range boundaries are imperative for effective conservation.


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