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100 Frogs A-Leaping for Biodiversity

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Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 339-341
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5592.339b

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While other herpetologists have been scrambling to understand why amphibians are declining worldwide, one research team has been cataloging more than 100 new species, all from one postage stamp of a rain forest in Sri Lanka. The discovery of this biodiversity hot spot, reported on page 379 of this issue, increases the number of known frog species on the island fivefold.