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Sunday, March 7, 2010

California Tiger Salamander

The native tiger salamander is now considered threatened in California. (News source.)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Giant Salamanders

An interesting BBC news article on giant salamanders in Japan, here.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Axolotl Research

Scientists are looking to the Mexican axolotl as a model for spinal cord regeneration. (News source.)

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Mudpuppies Killed

Over 500 mudpuppies were killed by a chemical treatment in the Lamoille River that was intended to kill sea lampreys. (News source.)


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sherando Salamander Research

A Washington and Lee University professor and his students are trying to determine if the Sherando salamander in the George Washington National Forest is actually a distinct species. (News source.)

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Salamander News

Sonoma County, CA, is the center of a heated exchange over setting land aside for protection of the California tiger salamander. (News source.)

The Jefferson salamander is getting political in Guelph (Ontario). (News source.)

Axolotls can regenerate lung tissue. (News source.)

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More on the New Georgia Salamander

The recently described "patch-nosed salamander" is pictured here, and one of the researchers who described it is profiled here.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Hellbender Conservation

Missouri is trying to preserve their hellbenders, along with the St. Louis Zoo's captive-breeding program. (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New US Salamander

A tiny new salamander has been discovered in the Appalachians. It has been named Urspelerpes brucei. (News source.)

A new genus and species of lungless salamander (family Plethodontidae) from the Appalachian highlands of the south-eastern United States
C. D. Camp, W. E. Peterman, J. R. Milanovich, T. Lamb, J. C. Maerz, D. B. Wake
Journal of Zoology
Published Online: Jun 22 2009 12:04PM

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Superpredator Salamanders

Supersized hybrid tiger salamanders are wiping out the California native species. (News source.)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Amphibian News

Frog deformations may be the result of dragonfly nymphs, according to some researchers. (News source.)

A pic here of a recently discovered transparent frog in Ecuador.

A fish-surfing frog photographed in the UK, here.

Axolotls are being studied for limb regeneration research. (News source.)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bait Shops Spread Infected Salamanders

"Salamanders in bait shops in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are infected with ranaviruses, and those in Arizona, with a chytrid fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)." (Eurekalert)

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Amphibian News

An environmental group thought they were helping salamanders that migrated across a Massachusetts road, by removing a long tube laid next to a new road. Turns out it was stopping silt from running into an important vernal pond. Actually, sounds like the group doesn't know that much about salamanders if they think a small tube is going to prevent them from moving across a road... The town wants the environmental group to pay for repairs. (News source.)

And, a profile here on a Maryland herpetoculturist who specializes in dart frogs.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Salamander Decline

Central American researchers say that salamander populations in the Cloud Forests have almost disappeared. (Eurekalert.)


Friday, February 6, 2009

Columbia: New Herps

Ten new amphibians have been discovered in Columbia. Nat Geo has pics of several.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Herp Regs

Florida thinks about cracking down on turtle harvesting. (News source.)

California has to consider whether the California tiger salamander should be considered endangered. (News source.)

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Flatwoods Salamander Protection

As a genetic study in 2007 split the flatwoods salamander back into two species (Ambystoma cinculatum and Ambystoma bishopi), the USFWS is now wanting to consider both species separately, keeping the frosted flatwoods salamander (A. cingulatum) as threatened, but moving the reticulated flatwoods salamander to endangered status. (Details)

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Salamander Study

An article here on researchers looking at the endangered Red Hills salamander in Alabama.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Silvery Salamanders

Some info here on the strange genetic history of the silvery salamander in Illinois.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Newt Fiasco

The great crested newt is protected in the UK, and the Leicestershire Council spent 1 million pounds protecting them in ponds near a major road construction. Turns out, though, that the newts in the ponds are common newts, not the protected species. (News source.)

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