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Return of the Mindo Harlequin Toad

Escape from the brink of extinction

Female limosa harlequin frog (Atelopus limosus) (Modified) — By Brian Gratwicke — Flickr, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

The final event happened away from prying eyes. The exact circumstances will always remain uncertain, but somewhere around 1989, humans saw the last golden toad in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Hidden in the leaves of the forest, the final survivor died, its body shredded by a skin fungus. A fungus most likely introduced from Africa by humans as…

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