The Forestry Division is appealing to residents to assist in the protection of Dominica’s frog population.
This, as the island joins the rest of the world in observing “Save the Frog Day” on Saturday.
“Only a small proportion of our public is aware that frogs are disappearing and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public,” the division said in a release on Thursday.
Of particular concern is the plight of Leptodactylus Fallax or Mountain Chicken, which is the national dish of Dominica. The population is infected with chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease caused by the Chytrid fungus.
Because of that frog has received legal protection since 2002.
Dominica is home to three other species of amphibians which, the Forestry Division said, are from the Leptodactylidae family of frogs. Eleutherodactylus amplinympha or Gounouj is in the transition zone between montane rainforest elfin woodland.
Eleutherodactylus johnstonei or Lesser Antillean whistling frog is a recent introduction to Dominica. Eleutherodactylus martinicensis or Tink frog is a regional endemic and is abundant in the rainforest but uncommon in dry coastal forest.
The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division made a presentation on Frog Conservation at the Massacre Primary School on Wednesday 24th April, 2013, ahead of the April 27th, 2013 observation.
“The frogs of Dominica need you,” the division said. “Help protect them today.”
Those who require further information, are asked to contact the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division at 266- 5856 or 266-5852, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org