It may be "the most numerous forest vertebrate" in many areas of the northeast, but the Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) is rarely seen unless you're looking for it. In this episode, Steve and Bill hunt for some Redbacks while sharing recent research on its ecology. Give a listen, and hear the fascinating life history of this abundant but seldom seen forest denizen - and find out why Steve and Bill haven't posted an episode in three months!
Photo credit: californiaherps.com
For further reading on Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, the fungal pathogen that causes chytridiomycosis in salamanders, and chytridiomycosis in general, we highly recommend visiting our friends at AmphibiaWeb.
B. salamandrivorans (the fungal pathogen):
Chytridiomycosis (the infectious disease):