The story and video of three new salamanders found in Costa Rica brings yet three more surprises to those who study amphibians in order to save them. Mongabay.com talked to the leader of the discovery team, Dr. Alex Monro:
Dr. Monro states that it is reasonable to assume that the three new species are vulnerable to Chytridiomycosis and climate change, adding that “not a lot is known about the decline apart from the potential causes and documenting its progress. I know that the University of Costa Rica in association with US and Panamanian institutions are doing research on this at the moment.” Institutions are reacting as well: zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums around the world have begun a program called Amphibian Ark to establish captive breeding programs for the world’s 500 most endangered amphibians.
I noticed on BBC’s online story that the location of the new species is right in the middle of the Chytrid path we explained last year. Look at the maps below. Notice that La Amistad National Park, where the species were found, is in an area where chytrid spread in the last 1980s or early 1990s. Here’s hoping that the new salamanders are able to stick around for a long, long time.