Amphibian Species of the World at the AMNH: The American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Herpetology has a searchable database of near-current amphibian species.
AmphibiaWeb, created and managed by the University of California, Berkeley, is an online system enabling anyone online to search and retrieve information relating to amphibian biology and conservation.
Caudata.org newt and salamander information portal
The Lab of David B. Wake at the University of California, Berkeley
PARC (Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) is a nonprofit organization that works to conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public-private partnerships
Save the Frogs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s rapidly disappearing amphibian species, including salamanders.
The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, the largest international herpetological society, aims to advance research, conservation, and education concerning amphibians and reptiles.
Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH) is a society of nearly 350 members (professional and non-professional herpetologists) from European and other countries.
Recent Papers by Dr. Karen Lips & students
Talley B.L., Muletz, C.R., Vredenburg V.T., Fleischer R.C., Lips, K.R., 2015. A century of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Illinois amphibians (1888–1989). Biological Conservation. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.12.007
Martel, A., Blooi, M., Adriaensen, C., Van Rooij, P., Beukema, W., Fisher, M.C., Farrer, R.A., Schmidt, B.R., Tobler, U., Goka, K., Lips, K.R., Muletz, C., Zamudio, K.R., Bosch, J., Lotters, S., Wombwell, E., Garner, T.W.J., Cunningham, A.A., Spitzen-van der Sluijs, A., Salvidio, S., Ducatelle, R., Nishikawa, K., Nguyen, T.T., Kolby, J.E., Van Bocxlaer, I., Bossuyt, F., Pasmans, F., 2014. Recent introduction of a chytrid fungus endangers Western Palearctic salamanders. Science 346, 630-631. DOI: 10.1126/science.1258268
Langhammer, P.F. P.A. Burrowes, K. R. Lips, A. Bryant, J.P. Collins. 2014. Susceptibility to the amphibian chytrid fungus varies with ontogeny in the direct-developing frog Eleutherodactylus coqui. Journal of Wildlife Disease http://dx.doi.org/10.7589/2013-10-268
Ellison, A. R., Savage, A. E., DiRenzo, G. V., Langhammer, P., Lips, K.R., and Zamudio, K. R. 2014. Fighting a losing battle: vigorous immune response countered by pathogen suppression of host defenses in a chytridiomycosis-susceptible frog. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. http://www.g3journal.org/content/early/2014/05/19/g3.114.010744.short
Muletz, C., N. M. Caruso, R. C. Fleischer, R. W. McDiarmid, K R. Lips. 2014. Unexpected Rarity of the Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Appalachian Plethodon Salamanders: 1957–2011. PLOSOne. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103728
Caruso, N. M., M. W. Sears, D. C. Adams, K. R. Lips. 2014. Widespread rapid reductions in body size of salamanders in response to climate change. Global Change Biology.
DiRenzo, G., P. F Langhammer, K. R Zamudio, K. R Lips. 2014. Fungal infection intensity and zoospore output of Atelopus zeteki, a potential chytrid supershedder. PLOS One.
Lips, Karen R. 2014. A tale of two lineages: unexpected, long-term persistence of the amphibian-killing fungus in Brazil. Journal of Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.12651
Recent Papers by Dr. Ray Semlitsch & students
O’Donnell, K.M., and R.D. Semlitsch. 2015. Advancing terrestrial salamander population ecology: The central role of imperfect detection. Journal of Herpetology (in press)
Anderson, T.L., B.H. Ousterhout, W.E. Peterman, D.L. Drake, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2015. Life history differences influence the impacts of drought on aquatic survival and occupancy of two pond-breeding salamanders. Ecological Applications (online)
Anderson, T.L., D.J. Hocking, C.A. Conner, J.E. Earl, E.B. Harper, M.S. Osbourn, W.E. Peterman, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2014. Abundance and phenology patterns of two pond-breeding salamanders determine species interactions in natural populations. Oecologia (online) DOI 10.1007/s00442-014-3151-z
Semlitsch, R.D., O’Donnell, K.M., and F.R. Thompson, III. 2014. Abundance, biomass production, nutrient content, and the possible role of terrestrial salamanders in Missouri Ozark forest ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92:997-1004.
Matisziw, T., M. Alam, K.M. Trauth, E.C. Inniss, R.D. Semlitsch, S. McIntosh, and J. Horton. 2015. A vector approach for modeling landscape corridors and habitat connectivity. Environmental Modeling and Assessment 20:1-16.
Burton, T. M. 1985. Species composition, distribution, biomass and behavior: salamanders. pp. 234-236. In: G. E. Likens (ed.). An Ecosystem Approach to Aquatic Ecology: Mirror Lake and its Environment. Springer-Verlag New York Inc
Burton, T. M. and G. E. Likens. 1975. Energy flow and nutrient cycling in salamander populations in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire. Ecology 56(5):1068-1080
Burton, T. M. and G. E. Likens. 1975. Salamander populations and biomass in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire. Copeia 3:541-546
Burton, T. M. 1974. The role of salamanders in ecosystem structure and function in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. Dissertation Abstracts Internat. 34(10): 2 pp
Petranka, J. W. (1998). Salamanders of the United States and Canada. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Lowe, W.H. 2012. Climate change is linked to long-term decline in a stream salamander. Biological Conservation 145:48-53.
Michael L. Best and Hartwell H. Welsh, Jr. 2014. The trophic role of a forest salamander: impacts on invertebrates, leaf litter retention, and the humification process. Ecosphere 5:art16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00302.1
…to photographer Mark Tegges, who provided so many of the extraordinary salamander photos in this issue!
…to photographer Jimmy A. McGuire, Associate Professor at U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of Herpetology at Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, for sharing his photo of the olm.
…to wildlife photographer and TV producer/director Paul Williams, for sharing his photos of the giant Japanese salamander