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Researchers have confirmed the first case of complete lunglessness in a frog, according to a report in the April 8th issue of Current Biology. The aquatic frog Barbourula kalimantanensis apparently gets all the oxygen it needs through its skin.
Previously known from only two specimens, two new populations of the aquatic frog were found by the team during a recent expedition to Indonesian Borneo.
"We knew that we would have to be very lucky just to find the frog," said David Bickford of the National University of Singapore. "People have been trying for 30 years. But when we did and I was doing the initial dissections -- right there in the field -- I have to say that I was very skeptical at first [that they would in fact lack lungs]. It just did not seem possible. We were all shocked when it turned out to be true for all the specimens we had from Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Originally posted by SantaClaus
Great find. Maybe this is a frog/salamander hybrid of some sort.
I wonder how active it is and if the heart needs to work harder to keep the o2 moving to be replenished. How great would it be to have the ability to breathe from anywhere in your body?
Originally posted by stealthyone
What an amazing find! I can't even begin to imagine what else may be out there that we are totally unaware of. I guess the sad part of it is the only way to verify it is truly "lungless" is to cut it open..
I hope it wasn't the only one, or the last one.
Originally posted by goosdawg
reply to post by SantaClaus
Um...there's places on my body I'd rather not breath through...
Wait...come to think of it, it would be like those movies where the hero is hiding underwater from the bad guys and he's breathing through a cut reed only here you could breath through your......um.....nevermind.
Originally posted by lee anoma
The frog and the article I mean. Fascinating how there are so many wonderful creatures out there we have yet to destroy. Lungless frogs...lol wow.
Now if only nature could do the same for roommates.
No more mouth-breathing and heavy snoring through the walls? YAY!!