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The search to find lost amphibians is on. The search to build a team is also on. Around 50 amphibian species (including frogs and caecilians), described as recently as 18 years ago and as far back as 169 years, have eluded researchers in the field. These amphibians, which once lived in habitats throbbing with life, can currently be seen only in the silent and sterile unchanging world inside spirit jars. The question "Are they really extinct or have we not looked hard enough?" is a tantalising thought. A search to answer this question is an adventure in field biology, which few of us can resist. The good news is that the "Lost! Amphibians of India" programme is building the first list of people interested in joining expeditions to search for lost amphibians. Finalists will be selected from this group for participation after the launch. If you are interested in inclusion on the list of potential people, or have any queries about the programme, please email your name (as an individual or institution) to lostamphibians@gmail.com The programme was formally launched in a function at University of Delhi on 2 November 2010.




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