Newts and Fish Disease — Amphibians, the big-eyed, swimming-crawling-jumping-climbing group of water and land animals that includes frogs, toads and salamanders, are the most endangered vertebrates in the world. Now, these charismatic creatures could face a new foe: Spring viraemia of carp virus, or SVCV, a fish disease not previously known to infect amphibians. ▫️
USGS scientists recently identified SVCV in Chinese firebelly newts (Cynops orientalis), a type of salamander, which were imported to the United States through the international pet trade. This critical discovery marks the first time that SVCV has been detected in a group of animals other than fish, and may present a further threat to already-declining global populations of amphibians.
Read more about this recent finding at: http://on.doi.gov/newtnews
In this photo: A Chinese firebelly newt (Cynops orientalis), the salamander species recently found to be infected with the spring viraemia of carp virus, or SVCV. Download this photo at: http://on.doi.gov/photo-newtnews
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