Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Editorial Volume 4 Issue 8

Conceptual Ignorance - The Underlying Cause of Amphibian Decline

Koutilya Bhattacharjee*

Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, India

*Corresponding Author: Koutilya Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, India.

Received: June 20, 2022; Published: July 01, 2022



Amphibians, the first land vertebrates evolved on this planet are surviving for more than 330 million years [1] and have established themselves as a major component of the ecological food web. They provide multiple ecosystem services through controlling insect (including pests, arbovectors etc.) populations, providing prominent secondary production resources as foods, are the biggest sources of natural bioactive components including antimicrobial peptides and many more. Toad and frog legs are consumed as culinary delicacy in a major part of the world. Last but not the least many of them are kept as pet throughout the world. The last report on global abundance of amphibians published from IUCN describes 5743 species out of which 1856 species fall under IUCN threatened categories comprising nearly one-third of them (32%) [2]. Three major causes of declines reported are over-exploitation, habitat loss and enigmatic causes. Let us try to explore the underlying causes of such losses being increased continuously since 1980. But going to that let us concentrate on the statistics available so far.


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Citation: Koutilya Bhattacharjee. “Conceptual Ignorance - The Underlying Cause of Amphibian Decline". Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.8 (2022): 01-03.


Copyright: © 2022 Koutilya Bhattacharjee. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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