From:National Geographic, December 1995. Earth Almanac.
"Is Newfound Frog Already Croaking?"
Discovered only seven years ago, a new species of frog hopped out of an Arizona pond. It delighted Creighton University biologist James Platz, who dubbed it Rana subaquavocalis - underwater talker - because of the mating calls males emit while submerged, rare behaviour in frogs.
Of the Ramsey Canyon leopard frog, as it is better known, 60 adults were counted in a pond on the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve and two others nearby. But last spring only 25 turned up. A clue: Algae that the tadpoles eat had vanished.
Now biologists are raising tadpoles in tanks supplied with the algae, and a new breeding population is being established at another preserve pond.