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NEXT UP: #5 seed DEVIL FROG vs #12 seed FIRE SALAMANDER #2021MMM Color illustration of a large horned frog against a white baPhoto of a black and yellow spotted salamander against a nat
Both of tonights combatants are amphibians, which have lived on Earth for at least 370 million years. The word amphibian comes from the Greek word amphibios, meaning "to live a double life", in reference to their aquatic & terrestrial life histories. (Vences et al 2005) #2021MMM Screen shot of figure from journal article referenced showin
Predatory amphibians like adult frogs & salamanders can only eat prey as big as their mouths open - "gape-limited" predators - & are often cannibalistic - they eat each other! #2021MMM
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The salamander #chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, #Bsal), that is causing massive mortality of #salamanders in Europe, was not detected in an intensive survey of wild North American #amphibians!

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Through intensive survey efforts, a collaborative team of over 35 researchers led by the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative and USGS National Wildlife Health Center has found no detection of Bsal across the US and one site in Mexico.
The results published on August 3 in Scientific Reports by Waddle et al. found no evidence of Bsal in over 11,000 collected skin swabs. These findings suggest that if Bsal does occur in the US it is not likely to be widespread in many of the high-risk areas that were sampled.
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