US Salamanders Under Threat From Fungus Spreading Rapidly in Europe

November 1, 2014 12:25 PM

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A study has been published in the Science journal detailing a recently discovered threat to the Salamander population worldwide. This is a deadly fungus that attacks the salamander’s skin. It is a close relative of the killer fungus chytrid which decimated huge numbers of frogs. This new threat has been named Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, Bs for short and is rapidly spreading throughout Europe affecting many salamander colonies. Although the disease has not yet arrived in the United States, scientific groups are concerned that imported specimens are at risk of spreading the extremely lethal infection to salamander populations in the United States.

If the disease is permitted to spread to North America, massive numbers of salamanders will die, according to a biologist and attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, Collette Adkins Giese, who is involved with saving amphibians and endangered reptiles.

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