Amphibians

Why are amphibians important?

Amphibians have important roles within nature and their sensitivity to changing environmental conditions may help us determine the health of an ecosystem.

As well as being an important part of the food chain, amphibians have the potential to be considered as “hopping pharmacies”, as a number of important chemical compounds can be found on their skin. However, great care must be taken not to over-exploit amphibians in the search for the next miracle cure.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has identified amphibians as being the most threatened vertebrate group assessed so far, with around 41% at risk of extinction. Extinctions and large scale declines of amphibian species have been variously attributed to habitat loss, pollution, fires, climate change, disease and over-exploitation. Action must be taken urgently to protect the remaining populations of amphibians across the world.
 

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