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Triturus marmoratus | Marbled Newt


Amphibian News Archive
Few long-term studies explore the effects of infectious disease and climate change on amphibians. A new study in the high alpine amphibian communities in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France (Bosch et al 2018) reports on the results of an 18-year survey where amphibians have been exposed to both climate warming and the emergence of chytridiomycosis. This study shows ongoing impacts of chytridiomycosis on two of the nine species and climate effects on four of the nine species. Their data suggest a decreasing effect of chytridiomycosis, and an increasing positive effect of climate. They caution, however, that the net positive effect of climate change will turn negative as amphibian breeding habitat become unavailable as water bodies dry, a pattern that may already be underway.

Current number of amphibian species: 7,939 (Oct 17, 2018) Newly added species