Habitat loss, pigs, disease: U.S. salamanders face a ‘tough situation’

It all started in 2008 when scientists started noticing fire salamanders in the Netherlands were disappearing. By 2011, nearly all salamanders in affected Dutch populations had been killed off, as were many in neighboring Germany and Belgium. In 2013, scientists identified the culprit: a new-to-science chytrid fungus they named Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). Its species name means […]

As a pandemic looms, researchers rush to test salamander vulnerability

It all started in 2008 when scientists started noticing fire salamanders in the Netherlands were disappearing. By 2011, nearly all salamanders in affected Dutch populations had been killed off, ...

Mon 31 Dec 18 from Mongabay.com

Disappearing salamanders: New research aims to solve a decades-old mystery

Biologists Chace Holzheuser and Bruce Means are on their hands and knees in a Florida swamp, pawing through dark water, leaves and muck as cicadas hum unceasingly in the treetops far above them. ...

Thu 27 Dec 18 from Mongabay.com

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