Diseases of salamanders

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Edited by: S.K. MajumdarJ.E. HuffmanF.J. Brenner, and A.I. Panah



Few diseases are reported in salamanders. Two notable exceptions are infections by Ranavirus and Ichthyophonus. Except for mortality events associated with ranaviruses in tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum) and spotted salamanders (A. maculatum), dieoffs of salamanders are rarely detected or reported. Diseases presented in this chapter are those encountered in free-living salamanders of the United States and Canada. A few additional diseases that are occasionally seen in captive and zoo animals have been reviewed by Green (2001). This chapter on Diseases of Salamanders will address five common infectious diseases of free-living larval and adult salamanders: Ranavirus (iridovims) infection, chytrid fungal infection, ichthyophoniasis, Clinostomum metacercaria, chiggers. Many helminthic parasites infect salamanders, but with few exceptions, these infections are unlikely to cause illness (morbidity) or death (mortality). Readers are referred to parasitology texts for a review of protozoan, helminthic and ectoparasitic organisms of amphibians (Flynn, 1973; Poynton and Whitaker, 2001).

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Title Diseases of salamanders
Chapter 9
ISBN 978-0945809197
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher The Pennsylvania Academy of Science
Publisher location Easton, PA
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 13 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Wildlife diseases: Landscape epidemiology, spatial distribution and utilization of remote sensing technology
First page 118
Last page 130
Country Canada, United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N