They are an important food source for predators and part of the food web dynamics of many of the world's ecosystems.
The skin is semi-permeable, making them susceptible to dehydration, so they either live in moist places or have special adaptations to deal with dry habitats.
Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) and the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative seek to raise awareness for Romeo’s story as well acquire funds for an expedition to find him a mate.
Romeo's dating profile“Not to start this off super heavy or anything, but I’m literally the last of my species,” Romeo’s touching profile reads.
The number of malformations among frogs is on the rise and an emerging fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, has spread around the world.
Conservation biologists are working to understand the causes of these problems and to resolve them.
The characteristics of anuran adults include: 9 or fewer presacral vertebrae, the presence of a urostyle formed of fused vertebrae, no tail, a long and forward-sloping ilium, shorter fore limbs than hind limbs, radius and ulna fused, tibia and fibula fused, elongated ankle bones, absence of a prefrontal bone, presence of a hyoid plate, a lower jaw without teeth (with the exception of Gastrotheca guentheri) consisting of three pairs of bones (angulosplenial, dentary, and mentomeckelian, with the last pair being absent in Pipoidea), Frogs and toads are broadly classified into three suborders: Archaeobatrachia, which includes four families of primitive frogs; Mesobatrachia, which includes five families of more evolutionary intermediate frogs; and Neobatrachia, by far the largest group, which contains the remaining 24 families of modern frogs, including most common species throughout the world.
They have highly specialized rasping mouth parts suitable for herbivorous, omnivorous or planktivorous diets.
In the dating profile video, Romeo’s Voice Over, done in Spanish explains his dire need to find a mate fast.
The tone explains who he Romeo is and what he likes to do before asking for help in finding his ‘Juliet’. If I don't find that one special lady soon, my entire species will be gone as we know it. So, if you believe in love and want to help an old frog out, please donate to my cause.
The oldest fossil "proto-frog" appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago.
Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is in tropical rainforests.