When we hear great news like the discovery of ten new species of amphibians in Colombia, reported earlier this month, it’s truly a moment for hope in the struggle to prevent the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. The scientific director of Conservation International Colombia, Jose Vicente Rodriguez-Mahecha, told the London Telegraph: “Without a doubt, this region is a true Noah’s Ark.” One of the new species is pictured above.
Yet the frog killer fungus, chytrid, is present in Colombia, but thankfully, and according to last March’s chytrid map in Nature magazine, it’s not causing mortalities there (but it does in neighboring Venezuela and Brazil). Remember that chytrid is toxic to the vast majority of amphibian species, but not all. The species in Colombia that are not susceptible to chytrid offer further hope that an antidote for mass application can be found.