Bandeirantes Snouted Treefrog
© 2015 Sandra Goutte (1 of 7)
Distribution and Habitat
Global climate warming not only threatens individual species, but also disturbs entire ecosystems. Greenspan et al. (2020) report how warming effects on ecological communities influence the animal gut microbiome, a group of microbes that helps animals stay healthy. They set up miniature aquatic ecosystems with tadpoles (Scinax perpusillus), bacteria, worms, mosquito larvae, and other insects within water-holding tropical plants called bromeliads and exposed them to a warming gradient. They found that warming altered community assembly and species interactions within the ecosystem - for instance, which species were present and likely feeding on one another - and that these changes compromised gut microbiome health in tadpoles, leading to reduced fitness. These findings suggest that the vertebrate microbiome is sensitive to the many ways that climate change alters the structure and functions of ecological communities. Check out media coverage of this article in The Conversation and the Nature Research Community. (Sasha Greenspan)
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Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2020 Scinax perpusillus: Bandeirantes Snouted Treefrog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/1144> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 13, 2021.
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Citation: AmphibiaWeb. 2021. <https://amphibiaweb.org> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed 13 Apr 2021.
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