European newts and salamanders at risk from deadly skin-eating fungus

Guardian: A craze for exotic pet newts has spread a deadly infection from Asia to Europe that could threaten to wipe out UK native amphibian species unless action is taken, scientists have warned. One of the creatures most at risk from the fungal disease is the great crested newt, already an endangered and protected species in the UK. The skin-eating fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, is believed to have originated in south-east Asia, where indigenous newts and salamanders are immune to its effects.......

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