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New species of frog named after Manchester three-year-old

Conservationist Andrew Gray's granddaughter Sylvia with the frog named in her honour. Credit: University of Manchester

One of the world’s most spectacular frogs has been identified as a new species after 20 years of painstaking research at The University of Manchester.

Amphibian conservationist Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, has named the creature Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae, after his three-year-old granddaughter.

The large colourful tree frog has remained under the radar of zoologists for almost 100 years.

Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae, was originally collected in Panama in 1925 but has been confused with the Splendid Tree Frog, Cruziohyla calcarifer, ever since.

Less than 50 specimens are known of that species and less than 150 specimens of Sylvia’s Tree Frog are recorded.

Andrew officially describes the frog as a separate species in the top zoological journal, Zootaxa.

“It’s remarkable that such a distinctive new species has remained undetected for such a long time.

“However, more importantly, this work highlights that an assessment of the conservation needs for each species is urgently required to ensure these amazing creatures are still around in another 100 years."

– Andrew Gray, The University of Manchester

“It’s a real privilege to be maintaining such rare frogs in our collection and supporting amphibian conservation around the planet.

“This multi-disciplined research highlights the importance of museum collections, where both live and historical specimens are aiding current taxonomy to make a real difference in shaping the future of wildlife conservation.”

– Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum

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Rare lemur baby raises spirits after 'tragic' fire at wildlife park

The baby was born to a pair of lemurs who recently survived a fire. Credit: Curraghs Wildlife Park/ Facebook

A rare endangered lemur has been born at a wildlife park on the Isle of Man following a "tragic" fire three months ago.

An enclosure which housed lemurs at Curraghs Wildlife Park was burnt to the ground on the 25th of April - four animals were rescued but two died.

The surviving pair have given birth and are now waiting to be housed in a new enclosure.

The baby lemur has been named Phoenix.

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WATCH: Pod of around 40 dolphins spotted near Isle of Man

A pod of around 40 dolphins have been spotted near the south of the Isle of Man.

Water sport and recreation group 7th Wave filmed this video of the creatures in Port Erin just after midday yesterday, who then came back between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

The group posted via Facebook, "From the surface I watched them swimming round their food source, making tighter and tighter circles, then the ones in the middle of the fray would breach or tail slap the water before the whole group would dive as one. They kept repeating the same pattern from Bradda Head to the middle of the bay to Traie Meanagh.

"I have never seen anything like it, never seen so many dolphins, never watched them hunting.... and all of this happened on our doorstep, in our bay!"

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Vandals kill trout stock in IoM hatchery

The trout farm in Glen Wyllin, Kirk Michael Credit: geograph.org.uk

Police on the Isle of Man are searching for vandals who deliberately turned off a compressor which held trout stock.

At around 2.30am last Monday, unidentified persons entered the grounds of The Glen Wyllin Trout Farm and gained access to machinery which regulates the oxygen levels. This has caused a severe depletion in the tank oxygen levels, killing the entire fish stock.

If anyone has any information with regard to this incident they are asked to contact PC51 Hewitt at Peel Police station on 01624 842208, or to pass on information about crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out the encrypted form here.

Goat Yoga: a novel way to de-stress

Ever heard of Goat Yoga?

A group on the Isle of Man has been set up doing just that - Isle of Man Goatsfilmed this video showing local Howard Caine experiencing the alternative approach to yoga.

Suzanne Young set up the group, which some are calling 'Goga.'

It was great fun - perfect for those who like their yoga with a smile. My mountain pose never felt more realistic ... though had to watch those little hooves on my asana at times!

– Howard Caine
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