June 2009 Archives

Opening at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on May 16, 2009, the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity features 2,500 species within seven ecosystem experiences. The gallery highlights endangered and threatened species from around the world and includes the life-sized model of the Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus) shown above.
Conservation International is reporting the discovery of a unique bug-eyed salamander species from a recent expedition from the Nangaritza region of southeastern Ecuador. The salamander from the genus Bolitoglossa belongs to a group of salamanders also called Tropical climbing salamanders or Web-footed Salamanders. These are tree dwelling or arboreal salamanders that have feet that are fully webbed, enabling them to cling to smooth surfaces.