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GemmaJF
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Posted: 30 Aug 2008

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Caleb
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Posted: 01 Sep 2008
The Statutory Instrument implementing this is available on-line- it adds R. lessonae to the list of 'European Protected Species' native to the UK. No specification of 'Northern Clade', so it also protects any R. lessonae introductions!
GemmaJF
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Posted: 01 Sep 2008
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will
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Posted: 03 Sep 2008
Presumably this failure to specify northern Pool Frogs also protects mixed populations of green frogs which might contain pool frog genes and in which pool and edible frogs are hard to tell apart ?
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Posted: 04 Sep 2008
I was wondering about that- presumably in an LE population, half the frogs would be protected by law.

It would be interesting to see a test case determine the legal definition of what constitutes R. lessonae, as opposed to the scientific definition...

Having said that, it's an academic point, really, as there's zero chance of a prosecution for someone disturbing (etc) an introduced green frog colony!
will
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Posted: 04 Sep 2008

True; it will be interesting if the geographical division between the reintroducted northern pool frogs and the other populations becomes less distinct. 

Sounds a similar conundrum to the legal status of a hybrid cristatus x carnifex GCN..

 


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