28 Feb '13, 7pm

Two new species of mini-salamander discovered in Colombia

Two new species of mini-salamander discovered in Colombia

Jeremy Hance mongabay.com February 28, 2013 Bolitoglossa tamaense salamander. Photo courtesy of the authors Biologists have discovered two new species of salamander in Tamá National Natural Park in Colombia. While the discovery should be cause for celebration, the news was dampened by the fact that both species are already infected with the deadly fungal disease, known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has wiped out amphibian populations worldwide. Both of the new salamanders belong to the genus Bolitoglossa, which are web-footed salamanders found in the tropical Americas. "Discovering a new species is something that many of us who work with animal or plant species desire silently," lead author Aldemar Acevedo with Pamplona University in Colombia told mongabay.com. "The most important discovery in our study occurred in 2010 when we found two species of salamand...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0228-new-salamanders-hance....

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