More and more salamanders are dying from a skin-eating fungus

More and more salamanders are dying from a skin-eating fungus
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A skin-eating fungus that has already killed salamanders in Europe could soon make its way to North America, researchers say.

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans was first discovered in Europe in 2013, Reuters reports, and has killed salamanders in Belgium and the Netherlands. The fungus, which was spread by Chinese fire belly newts brought to Europe, invades the skin and causes ulcers. In a study published in Science, researchers explained that after looking at 35 different amphibian species, they found that the fungus can kill several types of salamanders and newts, but not other amphibians like frogs and toads.

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