Killer Fungus Threatens Salamanders

Killer Fungus Threatens Salamanders

Sad story about a fungus that is threatening many salamander species. Read about why scientists are worried about the fungus spreading:

This fire salamander has skin lesions from a severe B. salamandrivorans infection. Legend says that salamanders can spit poison and extinguish flames, but even such pyrotechnic powers would not be enough to save them from a new scourge. A fungus that arrived recently in Europe from East Asia is lethal to many salamander species, a study released on Thursday shows, threatening populations in Europe, Africa, and beyond. The Asian newcomer is a cousin of another fungus, called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis , or Bd, which has annihilated amphibians like frogs, toads, and salamanders around the globe over the past few decades, […]

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