This barracuda coasts above the corals at Molasses Reef, Key Largo, Florida.
A. trends in population declines over time
B. some stats about declines (Stuart et. al 2004)
C. introduce examples: Bufo periglenes (Golden Toad), Atelopus sp. (Harlequin frogs), and Dendrobates (Poison Dart Frog sp.)
D. introduce reason for species declines: enigmatic declines,
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytrid fungus), habitat loss, and global climate change
E. What, if anything is being done?
II. Amphibian Importance in Costa Rica
A. Diversity (Nature Conservancy: Costa Rica covers only 0.01 percent of the Earth’s landmass, but is believed to host approximately 5% of its biodiversity)
1. amphibian species diversity
2. habitat diversity
B. Role as “Bioindicators”
III. Species being Affected (background info, habitat, status, reason for decline)
A. Golden Road:
B. Harlequin frogs
C. Poison Dart frogs
IV. Causes of Amphibian Declines
A. enigmatic declines
B. Chytrid fungus
C. habitat loss
D. global climate change
V. Conservation/Protection Efforts: What is being done?
A. Costa Rica
VI. Conclusion: The Future of Amphibians
B. Amphibian decline predictions
1. rates of decline
2. predicted species loss
VII. Take Action: What can YOU do?
A. Resources, recommendations
B. organizations to contact
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