Two new species of salamanders discovered; meanwhile chytrid spreads southward

Bolitoglossa altamazonica, a cousin of the newly discovered Colombian bolitoglossid salamanders. Will these arboreal salamanders survive the spread of chytrid fungus?

In Tama National Park in Colombia, two new salamanders from the genus Bolitoglossa were just recently discovered. Unfortunately, these  adorable arboreal salamanders are already in trouble from chytrid and habitat loss. They were found in secondary forest close to agricultural land and are already infected with Bd. What impact the fungus is having on them is not clear, but according to this article, 24 of 34 amphibian species sampled in Colombia already have Bd. Hopefully the frogs and salamanders of Colombia will be more resistant to Bd than their Central American counterparts because it is only a matter of time now before the fungus spread throughout the country.

Frog: 7, Fungus: 8

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