Salamander protection starts with the newt

01 Jan 2014 Authors: Bryan L. Stuart, Jodi J. L. Rowley, Somphouthone Phimmachak, Anchalee Aowphol, Niane Sivongxay

The recent introduction of a chytrid fungus endangers Western Palearctic salamanders” (31 October, p. 630), A. Martel et al. warned that a newly discovered pathogenic chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bs) likely originated in Asia and poses a threat to naïve European and North American salamander populations. However, they did not address the conservation crisis facing the apparent vector of Bs, Asian salamanders in the family Salamandridae (“newts”).