Animal Conservation Publishes Woodhams Lab Findings on Bsal in Spotted Salamanders

Pictured: Ambystoma maculatum, the spotted salamander.

In the new Animal Conservation paper “Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans elicits acute stress response in spotted salamanders but not infection or mortality”, Barnhart et al. examines the effects of Bsal infection in spotted salamanders. Upon Bsal exposure, spotted salamanders show no indication of infection- even across life stages and high and repeated doses of Bsal. However, a stress response involving an acute increase in corticosterone is observed upon exposure.

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Barnhart, K., Bletz, M.C., LaBumbard, B., Tokash‐Peters, A., Gabor, C.R. and Woodhams, D.C. (2020), Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans elicits acute stress response in spotted salamanders but not infection or mortality. Anim Conserv. doi:10.1111/acv.12565