again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative
online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.
almost two decades, scientists have been studying a decline in frogs and other
the past eight years they've been able to monitor the global situation online
with a resource that can help introduce you to these cold-blooded vertebrates
that live both on land and in the water.
"AmphibiaWeb is a website that was
motivated by the current decline in amphibians around the world," says
University of California biology professor David Wake, the director of
we want to do is provide general biology about of the species, maps of their
distributions, photographs, etc. We wanted to simply make a one-stop shopping
place for all information about amphibians, and to do it all free of
site includes an extensive database with very detailed information about more
than 6,000 species of frogs, salamanders, and others. There's technical
information for biologists and other specialists, but if you're just curious
you can browse by country, to learn about your native amphibians, and see many
delightful pictures showing them in their natural habitat.
photos are something that we're specially proud of, and that's something that's
used very heavily. We have at present time 12,717 photographs, and that is one
of the most popular features of the AmphibiaWeb site," said Wake.
are also audio recordings, such as one of Bufo Maculatus, also known as the
flat-backed toad, which is found throughout central and southern Africa.
amphibians, all the time, at Amphibiaweb.org, or get the link to this and more
other Websites of the Week from our site, voanews.com.