wavuti.com Updates


Napenda kuwataarifu kuwa blogu hii inapumzishwa rasmi na tovuti mpya imezaliwa kwa jina www.wavuti.com

This is to inform you that this blog has been retired. A new website to take her place is up and running at www.wavuti.com

Thursday, January 29, 2009

TweetThis! Photos of Tanzania's colorful toads "The African Viviparous Toad"

These are the photos of newly found toads of the Nectophrynoides genus in one of 15 amphibian species in Tanzania. They call them "African viviparous toads" since they are relatively new to the world of science research and study. African viviparous prefer the moist rainy remote valley environments of the highlands and mountains of Tanzania. They are very small in size and some only grow as large as a small coin (penny). As you can see in the picture, their skin color varies  from dark brown to bright orange, yellow or green depending on the type of species.
Those who have studied them so far says: 
During the day the toads seem to prefer to sit on leaves and at night they hide on the ground under fallen trees and coarse wood debris. Little is known about their breeding behavior. African viviparous toads are one of the very few species of frogs that gives birth to live young, and they are the only "toads" in the world that do not lay eggs.
Seven species of African viviparious toad listed as endangered. Namely:
  1. Nectophrynoides asperginis or the Kihansi Spray Toad, found in the Udzungwa Mountains
  2.  Nectophrynoides cryptus or the Secret Tree Toad, found in the Uluguru Mountains. 
  3. Nectophrynoides minutus or the Minute Tree Toad, found in the Uluguru Mountains.
  4. Nectophrynoides poyntoni, found in the Udzungwa Mountains.
  5. Nectophrynoides tornieriTornier's Tree Toad (also known as the Usambara Viviparous Toad), found in the forests of East Usambaras through to the Udzungwas.
  6. Nectophrynoides viviparous or the Morogoro Tree Toad, found in the mountains of central to southwestern Tanzania.
  7.  Nectophrynoides wendyae or the Uzungwe Scarp Tree Toad, found in the Udzungwa Mountains. 
Scientist warn that, "the biggest threat to these species is habitat loss due to agricultural encroachment, wood extraction, and the expansion of human settlements". However, they suggest that "some species can be found and protected in forest and nature reserves in Tanzania".

I am proud to be Tanzanian, a country that is full of amazing creatures and natural resources. We are yet to find and agree on common ways of sharing these abundant riches.

This post was prepared with the help of the following references:

1 feedback :

Mzee wa Changamoto said... Fri Jan 30, 03:49:00 AM MST  

Hapo umenena. Kuwa mTanzani ni jambo la kujivunia, lakini cha kusikitisha ni kuwa fahari tuliyonayo si kwa kila mtu. Watu wanasoma waweze kurubuni na kudanganya kisha kunyang'anya mali adimu. Tuna meengi saana Dada ambayo watu wanatamani hata kulipia kuyaona, lakini sisi hatuonekani kuyajali na twayachukulia juu juu bila umuhimu. Labda ndio kama walivyosema wa kale kuwa "you never miss your water, till your well runs dry"
Asante sana Da Subi na heshima, amani na Upendo kwako. Kazi njema

Recent Comments . Kauli za Wasomaji


More Opportunities ads