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Tanzanian toad makes a colourful debut

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  1. epigenetics

    epigenetics JF-Expert Member

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    Nature 457, 523 (2009)


    The South Nguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania are home to this ornate toad (pictured), a still-unnamed member of the genus Nectophrynoides reported last month (M. Menegon et al. Acta Herpetologica 3, 107–127; 2008). It was among 15 amphibian species new to science that were discovered between 2004 and 2006 during surveys by a team led by Nisha Owen of the Frontier Tanzania Forest Research Program in Dar es Salaam.

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    The palm-sized toad's distinctive orange protuberances are glands, which may also be yellow and green or red. The glands' secretions are as yet unknown, but related amphibians exude noxious compounds to put off would-be predators.


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    Katoma Senior Member

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    mbona sioni Tanzanian names kwenye author list? Inamaana hamna researchers wa kiTZ waliohusika na hiyo discovery?
     
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    Mfumwa JF-Expert Member

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    Kwa TZ hilo lawezekana, manake hakuwekwi mazingira ya kusaidia wataiti wetu. Hawa walipoomba kibali cha kufanya huo utafiti, ilitakiwa kuwe na sharti la kuwepo mtanzania mtafiti ama watafiti kwa lengo la kuongeza ujuzi wao, pia ni njia ya kuongeza kipato kwa watanzania na kuziboresha CV zao. Lakini wakija wakishalipata ruhusa ya kufanya kazi (work permit) na kulipia ada walipo (bench fee) basi wamemaliza. Hatuna sera madhubuti za kuinua watafiti wetu.
     
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