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Press Release 09-059

Spring Fishing Season Arrives ... And With It, Amphibian Diseases

Bait shop trade likely source of pathogen spread in salamanders

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Biologists have discovered that amphibian diseases are spread by bait shops.

Biologists have discovered that amphibian diseases are spread by bait shops.

Credit: Nicolle Rager-Fuller, National Science Foundation


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A majority of anglers in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico uses waterdogs as bait.

A majority of anglers--as high as 73 percent--in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico uses waterdogs as bait.

Credit: Angela Picco, ASU


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Waterdogs, or tiger salamander larvae, in bait shops across the U.S. West carry infections.

Waterdogs, or tiger salamander larvae, in bait shops across the U.S. West carry infections.

Credit: Angela Picco, ASU


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Infectious diseases are affecting populations of amphibians, from frogs to salamanders.

Infectious diseases are affecting populations of amphibians, from frogs to salamanders.

Credit: Nicolle Rager-Fuller, National Science Foundation


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