April 10, 2008

Barbourula Kalimantanensis - Frog With No Lungs!

The web is abuzz about the frog with no lungs..

Barbourula Kalimantanensis

Scientists make evolutionary history

Scientists have discovered a frog without lungs that breathes through its skin in a find making evolutionary history, a published report said on Thursday.

The aquatic frog was found in August in two mountain rivers in Indonesia's Kalimantan, The Straits Times said. The frog is called "Barbie," short for its scientific name, Barbourula kalimantanensis.

The frog absorbs dissolved oxygen from the water through its skin, said evolutionary biologist David Bickford of the National University of Singapore, who found the frog with eight other researchers.

It is only the fourth vertebrate known to breathe without lungs. The others - also amphibians - are two groups of salamanders and a single species of the earthworm-like caecilians.

Barbourula kalimantanensis

Posted by jsmooth995 at April 10, 2008 2:09 PM


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