Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Listing Salamanders as Injurious Due to Risk of Salamander Chytrid Fungus
(January 12, 2016)

photo of a rough skinned newt
The rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) is native to the western coastal mountains from southeastern Alaska to California.

To help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published an interim rule to list 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. The fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, also known as Bsal or salamander chytrid, is carried on the skin of various salamander species. Bsal has caused major die-offs of salamanders in Europe and poses an imminent threat to U.S. native salamander populations. The fungus is not yet known to be found in the United States, and to help ensure it remains absent, the Service published an interim rule that took effect on January 28, 2016. The importation and shipment between the continental United States, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any possession of the United States of the listed species is prohibited. (This paragraph was revised December 14, 2017).