• Conservation Of amphibians And reptiles In The Bahamas

      Buckner, Sandra D.; Knapp, Charles R.; Cant, Shelley V.; Iverson, John B.; Horrocks, Julia; Wilson, Byron; Hailey, Adrian (Brill, 2011)
      ...The native herpetofauna of The Bahamas is derived primarily from Cuba and Hispaniola, and numbers 46 species comprised of three frogs (including one endemic),25 lizards (13 endemic), 11 snakes (7 endemic), two freshwater turtles, and five sea turtles. Of thenative terrestrial species, 85% are either not assessed or data deficient to affirm IUCN listing, thusstressing the need for more research in The Bahamas. Currently, there are few legislative laws directly protecting the herpetofauna of The Bahamas although all three rock iguanas (Cyclura) are technically given full protection under the Wild Animals (Protection) Act of 1968.....
    • Granulomatous myositis associated with a novel alveolate pathogen in an adult southern leopard frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)

      Jones, Megan E. B.; Armién, Aníbal G.; Rothermel, Betsie B.; Pessier, Allan P. (2012)
      Since 1999, infections with an incompletely characterized alveolate protozoan variously reported as a Dermocystidium-like organism, a Perkinsus-like agent, and Dermomycoides sp. have been associated with mortality events in tadpoles of ranid frogs from the USA. However, disease or mortality events due to this organism have not been described in post-metamorphic animals. We describe infection with a morphologically similar protozoan presenting itself as a leg mass in a free-ranging adult southern leopard frog Lithobates sphenocephalus….
    • Selection on MHC class II supertypes in the New Zealand endemic Hochstetter’s frog

      Lillie, Mette; Grueber, Catherine E.; Sutton, Jolene T.; Howitt, Robyn; Bishop, Phillip J.; Gleeson, Dianne; Belov, Katherine (2015)
      The New Zealand native frogs, family Leiopelmatidae, are among the most archaic in the world. Leiopelma hochstetteri (Hochstetter’s frog) is a small, semi-aquatic frog with numerous, fragmented populations scattered across New Zealand’s North Island. We characterized a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II B gene (DAB) in L. hochstetteri from a spleen transcriptome, and then compared its diversity to neutral microsatellite markers to assess the adaptive genetic diversity of five populations (“evolutionarily significant units”, ESUs).