New Scientist – Cover article The Masking Singer Frog (MFS) is a frog species from the genus Nectaris that inhabits the forests of the Indian subcontinent.
It is one of the world’s most endangered frogs.
New Scientist has an exclusive interview with its researcher, Dr Mark Riddell, who has been studying the frog since 2008.
Dr Riddells PhD research focuses on the evolution of amphibians and their behaviour and ecology, and he says that in some ways, the frog is similar to a mammal.
“In some ways it is similar because it has the same genome, so we think the genetic basis is the same,” Dr Riddles explains.
What makes the frog different to a mouse is its facial hair, which it uses to hide its body. “
We think the same thing is going on in both animals and birds.”
What makes the frog different to a mouse is its facial hair, which it uses to hide its body.
The MFS frog’s facial hair allows it to remain hidden and to be recognised by other frogs in the same habitat, but its body hair, by contrast, is more visible.
Dr Mark explains: “It is one area where you do find a big difference between the two animals because there is a big genetic difference between them.”
“In most mammals, like rats and cats, they use their hair as a signal to other animals that they are in their territory.”
So a frog that is masked or has its body covered would be more likely to be in a more remote place than a mammal with its body visible.
When it comes to finding out how they do this, the team analysed hundreds of thousands of frog specimens collected around the world. “
That means they have got the ability to get to the bottom of an area,” he explains.
When it comes to finding out how they do this, the team analysed hundreds of thousands of frog specimens collected around the world.
“For a mammal, it’s not really that difficult to find out the genetic identity of a frog, but it is difficult to do that for a frog,” Dr Mark says.
“If you look at a frog and it’s in a forest and it has been there for thousands of years, you can be sure you’ve found it.”
For a frog to survive and be able to reproduce and reproduce in a large area, you’ve got to have a large number of offspring.
“To see how they did that, you need a lot of genetic diversity.”
There are two main things we do to get at that genetic diversity: we get DNA from the frog itself and we use it in some of our analyses.
“If we can get a large sample, we can identify all the genetic diversity that we need to go on to make predictions about the future of the frog.”
The research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Australia (NSERC).
The frog is a member of the Nectarinidae family, which includes many species of frog.
Dr Niddell has a PhD in genetics and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania.
The frog has an unusual appearance because its facial fur is much longer than its body and has no facial hair.
In addition to its unique appearance, the Mfs frog is also extremely small.
Dr Nick Niddells MFS Frog is only the fourth frog species to be studied by the team.
Dr Michael Middel is the first author on the paper, and has a Ph.
D in genetics from Griffith University in Queensland.
The paper is published in the journal Current Biology.