Tanzania's Toad Haul

This toad from the Nectophrynoides genus is one of 15 amphibian species in Tanzania that have been described for the first time. They were found during research led by UK conservation charity Frontiers.


This species of Nectophrynoides is still new to science and has not been given a common name yet. Researchers say it is the largest toad to have been found in the genus.

As well as their distinctive markings and colourings, the researchers say Nectophrynoides are also unique because females give birth to offspring rather than lay eggs.

The researchers say that the range of these frogs appears to be restricted to a few remote valleys deep in the mountain forests of eastern Tanzania.

This species of burrowing toad, with its long nose, belongs to the genus Probreviceps. Its habitat in Tanzania's mountain forests is under threat from deforestation, the researchers warned.

Researchers believe this tree frog is a new species within the Leptopelis genus because it was found at higher altitudes than the similar looking Leptopelis parkeri (Parker's forest tree frog)

Armoured Mistfrog

In this photo released by James Cook University, an armoured mistfrog is recently discovered in far north Queensland in this July 12, 2008 photo. The creatures had not been seen since 1991 and were thought to have been wiped out by a fungus.

Cleveland zoo researchers find rare giant turtle in Vietnam

Researchers from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have discovered a rare giant turtle in northern Vietnam — a find that carries great scientific and cultural significance. Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle was previously thought to be extinct in the wild. Three other turtles of the species are in captivity, said experts from the Zoo's Asian turtle program.

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Under the Pacific: Images from the Visions 2005 Project

White Octopus at Mothra

This rare white octopus was caught on camera during a dive on the Mothra hydrothermal vent field.

A stalked Crinoid

This animal is an echinoderm (related to sea stars) called a crinoid. Its feathery arms capture food that drifts down from above.

By the Wind Sailor

This By the Wind Sailor, Velella velella, is a type of colonial jelly.

Albino Alligator

White Diamond', an Albino alligator is seen in the water of his pool at the Safari Park in Hodenhagen, near Hamburg, northern Germany, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008. The rare albino-alligator from the everglades in Louisiana is part of a reptile show that can be seen until April 27, 2008.