Jan 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 5-6pm at the MVZ (3101 VLSB)
Gain hands-on experience in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. There's something for everyone (including starter positions with no experience necessary). Highlights include apprentice positions in Curatorial/Collections, Prep Lab, GIS/Informatics, and in faculty led research labs. Click here to view all MVZ URAPs
Attend our Information Session where you can learn more, meet project supervisors, and hear from current and recently graduated MVZ students. Please meet outside the museum doors by 5:00pm. Light refreshments provided.
Click here to find out more about MVZ Undergraduate Opportunities
Jan 06, 2015
Sulawesi frog gives birth to live young
MVZ Faculty Curator of Herpetology Jim McGuire made a ground breaking discovery while on a recent research trip to the remote Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
He became the first to obtain direct proof that the fanged frog Limnonectes larvaepartus gives birth to live tadpoles rather than laying eggs. In an interview with UC Berkeley News Center, McGuire explained that L. larvaepartus "is one of only 10 or 12 species that has evolved internal fertilization, and of those, it is the only one that gives birth to tadpoles as opposed to froglets or laying fertilized eggs.” Though this species was discovered several decades ago, its unusual reproductive mode had never before been observed.
Listen to the story on NPR.
Read the full article on PLOS One.
Male (left), female (right), tadpole at ca. stage 25 (bottom) L. larvaepartus.
(Photo courtesy of Jim McGuire)