Frog Without Lungs Found in Indonesia

Exerpt from original article by:
MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer
Thursday, April 10, 2008
(04-10) 05:43 PDT BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)

A frog has been found in a remote part of Indonesia that has no lungs and breathes through its skin, a discovery that researchers said Thursday could provide insight into what drives evolution in certain species.
“These are about the most ancient and bizarre frogs you can get on the planet,” Bickford said of the brown amphibian with bulging eyes and a tendency to flatten itself as it glides across the water.

“They are like a squished version of Jabba the Hutt,” he said, referring to the character from Star Wars. “They are flat and have eyes that float above the water. They have skin flaps coming off their arms and legs.”

Along with the lungless frog, Bickford said his team discovered two new lizard species and four other species of frogs during their two-month trip.

Read full article at The San Francisco Chronicle online.


10 Responses to Frog Without Lungs Found in Indonesia

  1. Saxi says:

    i´m glad to see this blog´s still working ;o)

  2. Very interesting blog! What an excellent way to show people the amazing biodiversity in the world around us!

  3. Anita Webber says:

    Insightful blog. I enjoy the Discovery channel now and then and this seems to be right up the alley.

  4. writerchick says:

    wow, he looks like a frog-shaped chocolate lava cake.

  5. joanna says:

    Dear Zaxy,

    A rhinoceros that can SING has been found in Sumatra. I wonder what you will make of it?

    Best wishes,

  6. João Soares says:

    Fabulous blog.
    I added you to my Delicious.
    Hope you like mine too.

  7. uramium says:

    Strange looking frog, there is a lot of undiscovered species

  8. Jon Reynolds says:

    this is interesting.. it is either in the late stages of evolving to an air-breathing specie, or in the early stages of evolving out of them, as you can see it still has nostrils.

  9. rachael says:

    hey, there all of you aliens i love this frog its so cute and the poor thing breathes without lungs aaAAAAWWWW!!!!~

  10. taylor says:


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