June 1, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 11)


Strong Points: Thorough
Weak Points: Nothing significant

Put a google-eyed tree frog and an incredible blue anake on the opening page and you’ve got the making of an interesting biology-based site. Global Amphibian Assessment aims to provide comprehensive status assessment of the 5,743 known species of amphibians in the world. At the site, you’ll learn that 35 species are extinct in the wild, 427 species are critically endangered, 761 species are endangered, 668 species are vulnerable, and 359 species are near threatened. Yikes!We’ve all heard about the declining numbers of amphibians, but seeing the actual numbers is even more scary. The database is more than just numbers, though, with searchable information on habitats, geographic locations, and much miscellany. A disturbing collection of information.

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