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Road Runoff Spurring Spotted Salamander Evolution
2012-02-02 05:00:31

Spotted salamanders exposed to contaminated roadside ponds are adapting to their toxic environments, according to a Yale paper in Scientific Reports. This study provides the first documented evidence that a vertebrate has adapted to the negative effects of roads apparently by evolving rapidly. Salamanders breeding in roadside ponds are exposed to a host of contaminants from road runoff. Chief among these is sodium chloride from road salt, which reaches average concentrations of 70 times...

Amphibians In Regions With Diversity Are Most At Risk
2011-11-17 12:55:16

According to new research, tropical regions with the richest diversity are most at risk of losing frogs, toads, newts and salamanders. Scientists predict the future for these amphibians is even more bleak than conservationists had thought. They predict that areas with the highest diversity of amphibian species will be under the most intense threat in the future.  About half of amphibian species are in decline, while a third that are already threatened with extinction. The...

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2011-05-03 09:47:19

There's a crisis among the world's amphibians"”about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection. DNA swabbed from the preservative-soaked skins of salamanders, frogs and toads"”collected from some of Central America's best-known extinction hotspots"” revealed a startling but clear pattern. Salamanders in...

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2011-04-05 13:58:53

Researchers have discovered that a green algae invades tiny developing salamander embryos. The team from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada was the first to document a case of a plant living in partnership with a vertebrate. The researchers think that the salamanders might inherit the algae from their parents. The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was already known that green algae lived inside the eggs of the spotted salamander species, which...

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2011-04-04 23:02:38

A species of algae long known to associate with spotted salamanders has been discovered to live inside the cells of developing embryos, say scientists from the U.S. and Canada, who report their findings in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.This is the first known example of a eukaryotic algae living stably inside the cells of any vertebrate."It raises the possibility that more animal/algae symbioses exist that we are not aware of," said Indiana University Bloomington...

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2010-12-15 11:49:38

Researchers reported on Tuesday that climate change is affecting the breeding cycles of toads and salamanders. They documented that two species were breeding later in the autumn than in years past, and two others were breeding earlier in the winter. Their study adds to a growing body of evidence that climate change is affecting animals. Other studies have found that some birds in North America and Europe are moving northwards as temperatures rise. Brian Todd of the University of...

2010-11-22 11:30:00

MIDDLEBURG, Va., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Sheila C. Johnson, the entrepreneurial founder and CEO of Salamander Hospitality, has launched a new online retail website called ShopSalamander.com in time for the holiday shopping season. Located at www.shopsalamander.com, the website features a variety of gift items and apparel from Salamander Hospitality's resorts and hotels; the Salamander Touch lifestyle store in Middleburg, VA; and Market Salamander, the company's gourmet market with...

2010-08-05 13:54:46

Another option may be on the horizon for patients who lose limbs due to war, accident, or disease. Instead of using artificial legs or arms, patients actually may regrow their own missing limbs. An article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine, focuses on research efforts to turn the long-standing dream of human limb regeneration into reality. C&EN Senior Editor Sophie Rovner notes that salamanders, flatworms, and certain other...

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2010-05-24 08:26:19

In nature, ultraviolet radiation from sunlight is not the amphibian killer scientists once suspected. Naturally occurring murky water and females who choose to lay their eggs in the shade keep embryos of one of the nation's most UV-sensitive amphibian species out of harm's way most of the time, new research shows. Less than 2 percent of the embryos of the long-toed salamander received lethal doses of UV across 22 breeding sites across nearly 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) in Washington...

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2009-11-03 14:18:43

MU researchers find clear-cutting is harmful to the terrestrial stage of amphibians Frogs are croaking in clear-cut forests, but not exactly in their traditional manner. University of Missouri researchers found that removing all of the trees from a section of the forest had a negative effect on amphibians during their later life cycles, but had some positive effects during amphibians' aquatic larva stages at the beginning of their lives. To lessen the negative effects during the later life...


Latest Salamander Reference Libraries

Hellbender Salamander, Cryptoranchus alleganiensis
2014-05-26 09:58:06

The hellbender salamander (Cryptoranchus alleganiensis), also known as the hellbender, is a species of giant salamander that can be found in eastern areas of North America. Its range includes the states of Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and some areas of Kansas and Oklahoma. This species is the sole member of its genus, Cryptobranchus, and is one of three living giant salamanders. The origin of the name hellbender is unknown and the species is locally known by many...

Jefferson Salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum
2014-05-26 08:49:45

The Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) is a species of mole salamander that can be found in northeastern areas of the United States, southwestern areas of Quebec, and central and southern areas of Ontario. This species prefers to reside in deciduous forests. It was named after Jefferson College, which is located in Pennsylvania. This species reaches an average body length between 4.3 inches and 7 inches and can be black, gray, or brown in color with lighter coloring on its front...

California slender salamander, Batrachoseps attenuatus
2014-02-04 09:23:14

The California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and southwest Oregon. The California slender salamander ranges from central California, north along the coast and ranges into Oregon and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The California slender salamander grows to lengths between 3 to 5.5 inches. As its name implies, a slim body with short limbs gives this salamander...

California giant salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus
2014-02-04 09:07:49

The California giant salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native only to northern California. The California giant salamander inhabits moist, coastal forests or streams, lakes and ponds. Some of the species may remain gilled aquatic creatures, while others transform and become terrestrial land creatures. The California giant is nocturnal and most of its life is spent hiding and burrowing. Typically, the California giant salamander...

The Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum
2014-02-03 08:59:54

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) may also be referred to as the Mexican salamander or the Mexican walking fish. The Axolotl is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and although its common name may suggest it is a fish, it is an amphibian. Axolotl are found exclusively in Mexico. The species situates, near Mexico City, on the bottom of Xochimilco’s lakes. Unlike most salamanders, Axolotl keep its larval features throughout its entire life and very rarely ever emerge from water. A condition...

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