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A butterfly, Morpho aega, at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This pinned specimen is a mosaic gynandromorph – an aberration in which male and female cells are mixed together. In this mostly female specimen (which are normally orange-and-black) blue scales represent male cells.

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A writer and a researcher organize extinct frog specimens at the breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist shows the deep freeze in his lab, which contains the DNA of all the frogs in their collection, a kind of frozen ark.

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An extinct frog species specimen at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Tim Krynak holds up a specimen of a Ecuador cochran frog, Nymphargus griffithsi (IUCN: Vulnerable), a type of glass frog. Tim and his wife Kathy have been coming to this place near Mindo, Ecuador for several years to monitor amphibian life. The Krynaks and their team hope that chytrid fungus does not show up here, but know that many other parts of Ecuador have already seen catastrophic declines due to the fungus. “Every time we come back, if it’s quiet on that first night, we think, ‘oh no’. We’re scared. We think, this is it,” said Tim.

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