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European Newts Establishing In The Wild In Australia
2014-06-30 03:18:12

Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions: ARC Once confined behind pet shop windows, the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) –a ‘controlled pest animal’ in Victoria – has made a new home in Melbourne’s peri urban fringe. Newts are aquatic amphibians that occur almost exclusively in the northern hemisphere, but in the scientific journal Biological Invasions, scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and the Victorian Department of...

2013-08-30 23:03:09

Newt Global plans to equip its Sales & Marketing efforts with a mix of veterans and fresh talent to support its expanding operations and client base. Irving, TX (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 Newt Global, one of the premier IT services providers in Enterprise Mobility and Big Data space, has expanded its sales and marketing efforts in US to provide its niche services to new clients. The initiative would significantly enhance the customer service in the region by adding experienced and...

Insight Into Tissue Regeneration Offered From Newt Transcriptome
2013-02-20 13:06:23

BioMed Central Scientists have identified protein families expressed during tissue regeneration in newts, providing the groundwork for research into whether particular sets of genes are used for the purpose. The transcriptome — the map of all RNA molecules — of the newt is published this week in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology. Notophthalmus viridescens is a useful model in regenerative medicine, thanks to its ability to regenerate tissue, and this data...

Traffic Harms Asturian Amphibians
2012-04-12 09:36:27

The roads are the main cause of fragmenting the habitats of many species, especially amphibians, as they cause them to be run over and a loss of genetic diversity. Furthermore, traffic harms two abundant species that represent the amphibious Asturian fauna and have been declared vulnerable in Spain: the midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) and the palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus). "But midwife toad and palmate newt populations have very different sensitivities to the effects of roads"...

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2011-05-20 09:42:06

New findings of researchers from Tel-Aviv University show that predator-prey interactions between ground beetles of the genus Epomis and amphibians are much more complex than expected. The study was published in the open access journal Zoo Keys. "Amphibians are typical insect predators and their diet may include adult beetles, ground beetles in particular. The recently filmed successful attacks of the beetles on toads and frogs brought new insights on the amphibian-insect interactions, and...

2008-09-26 00:00:18

More than half the frogs, toads, newts and other amphibians in Europe could be wiped out in less than 50 years, British scientists said. In a report to the Zoological Society of London, researchers said Thursday that the most threatened species live in southern Europe, The Guardian reported. The Mediterranean climate is expected to become significantly hotter and drier, which is bad news for the Mallorcan midwife toad and the brook newt of Sardinia. "Amphibians are the lifeblood of many...

2008-08-13 15:00:00

By AMY HUNT MILLIONS of passengers and hundreds of planes pass through Newcastle International Airport every year. But as well as holidaymakers and flight crew, the 184 hectare airport site has a number of other regular visitors. Great crested newts, bats and red squirrels are among the species found at the site near Ponteland, Northumberland. And bosses at the airport are working to protect and improve the site to attract more wildlife there. The airport has a well-established...

2008-08-08 00:00:00

An Ecologist will be appointed to help determine the future of the great crested newt at a holiday park in North Lincolnshire. An investigation into the habitat of the newt has been completed at Seven Lakes Country Park, off Wharf Ealand, after developers put in plans for the lakes. But the results suggest the channel is not suitable for the breeding of the species. As previously reported, Glen Keedy wanted to widen the north channel. But concerned nature lovers were worried for the...

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2008-06-19 11:42:16

Researchers unravel complexity of the major histocompatibility complex in tailed amphibians Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) genes produce proteins that are crucial in fighting pathogen assault. Researchers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) characterized genetic variation and detected more than one MHC class II locus in a tailed amphibian. Unlike mammals, not much has been known until now about the immune defense of...


Latest Newts Reference Libraries

Sword-tail Newt, Cynops ensicuada
2013-10-07 13:56:26

The Sword-tail Newt (Cynops ensicauda) has recently been put on Japan’s Red List of Threatened Amphibians. This newt has a very small range and can only be found in some of the southernmost islands in Japan. Occasionally, Sword-tail Newts are referred to as Fire-bellied Newts, not to be confused with the common Chinese and Japanese species, because of their bright orange colored bellies, which serve as a warning to predators that they are poisonous. They can be distinguished from these two...

Chinese Fire Belly Newt, Cynops orientalis
2013-10-07 13:41:26

The Chinese Fire Belly Newt (Cynops orientalis) is a small black newt measuring about 2.2 to 4 inches. It has bright orange aposematic coloration on the ventral sides. C. orientalis is commonly seen in pet stores where it is frequently confused with the Japanese Fire Belly Newt (C. pyrrhogaster) because of similarities in size and in coloration. It typically exhibits smoother skin and a rounder tail than the C. pyrrhogaster, and has less obvious parotoid glands. They are mildly poisonous...

Northern Crested Newt, Triturus cristatus
2013-10-07 13:36:15

The Northern Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus), known also as the Great Crested Newt or Warty Newt, is a newt belonging to the family Salamandridae found across Europe and parts of Asia. Its range extends from Great Britain and Brittany in the west across much of Europe north of the Alps and the Black Sea. It’s the biggest and least common of the three newts found in the British Isles and is one of only four amphibians protected by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. The newts have dark...

Eastern Newt, Notophthalamus viridescens
2013-10-07 12:56:00

The Eastern Newt (Notophthalamus viridescens) is a common newt of eastern North America. They frequent small lakes, ponds, and streams or near-by wet forests. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, noncarnivorous fish, as their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have lifespans of 12 to 15 years within the wild and may grow to five inches long. These newts are common aquarium pets, being either collected from the wild or bought. The...

California Newt, Taricha torosa
2013-10-07 12:36:43

The California Newt (Taricha torosa), known also as the Orange-bellied Newt, is a newt located mainly in California. The adult length can range from 5 to 8 inches. The skin gives off a potent toxin. T. torosa is divided into two subspecies; the Sierra Newt (T. t. sierrae) and the Coastal Range Newt (T. t. torosa). The difference between these two appears to be only in the location in which they can be found. They exist mostly on the California coastline and in the Sierra Nevada, due to...

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