Detection of a Ranavirus in introduced newts in Catalonia (NE Spain).

Albert Martinez-Silvestre, Albert Montori, Neus Oromi, Joaquim Soler, Rachel Marschang

Abstract


During the year 2014, an introduced population of Ichthyosaura alpestris (Alpine Newt) was found in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula (Montesquiu Castle Park, Catalonia)  out of their natural range in Spain. swabs of 4 randomized selected newts were tested for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, B. salamandrivorans and Ranavirus using PCR techniques., all of the sampled newts were positive for Ranavirus and negative for both fungi species. We report the first data on the occurrence of a Ranavirus in the northeastern region of Spain in a population of introduced newts (Ichthyosaura alpestris ). These newts not showed symptoms and were considered asymptomatic carriers.

asymptomatic carriers

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