Toxic toad invasion puts Madagascar’s predators at risk, genetic evidence confirms

Posted by on June 4, 2018 3:26 pm
Categories: Science

The recent introduction of the common Asian toad to Madagascar has led to fears that the toxic amphibian could wreak havoc on the island’s already severely threatened fauna. Now, researchers report genetic evidence showing that those fears are well founded: virtually all predators native to Madagascar are highly sensitive to toad toxins. If they should eat the toads, it would be a potentially fatal mistake.

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