A New Disease Caused by an Unidentified Etiological Agent Affects European Salamanders

In the last few years, multiple new infectious diseases have affected amphibians, causing unprecedented declines and extinctions at the global scale. Many of these diseases are caused by pathogens that have been described during recent decades. In this study we report a novel disease, affecting European amphibians. In a protected area of Northern Italy, since the autumn of 2013, we started to find some adult salamanders with cysts at the throat level (subgular region). Following this observation, we ran a regular monitoring of the salamander population and performed multiple morphological and molecular investigations to identify the cause of this undescribed disease. Leer más.