It seems appropriate that we begin the Global Amphibian Blitz with a tribute to one such 'risen' species - Holdridge's toad - which, not seen since 1986, made its home in a tiny chunk of montane rainforest about 20 km from the Costa Rican capital. With the combined impact of climate and a fungus called chytridiomycosis impacting countless frog species in this part of the world, few expected that over two decades later Juan Abarca and colleagues would find one very much alive.
|Holdridge's toad observed by Victor Acosta Chaves|
Abarca J, Chaves G, García-Rodríguez A, Vargas R (2010) Reconsidering extinction: Rediscovery of Incilius holdridgei (Anura: Bufonidae) in Costa Rica after 25 years. Herpetological Review 41, 150-152.