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Scientists Document Salamander Decline in Central America

February 9, 2009

salamander Amphibian populations have dropped worldwide, but most studies have detailed only the effects on frogs. A new University of California, Berkeley study documents that salamander populations also are plummeting. The study, which looked at tropical salamanders in Central America, found that the most common salamanders in the high-elevation cloud forests 40 years ago have all but disappeared. Global warming may be pushing salamanders that live in narrow elevational niches to inhospitable heights. Full Story

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