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Press Release 13-093

Understanding Biodiversity Patterns in Nature: It Takes Two Fields--Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Study of salamanders in ponds demonstrates 'invisible finger of evolution'

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Spotted salamander on a leaf

Spotted salamander: along with the marbled salamander, key to patterns of biodiversity.

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Scientist Mark Urban filters a tow net sample of zooplankton from a pond.

Scientist Mark Urban filters a tow net sample of zooplankton from a pond.

Credit: Daniel Buttrey


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marbled salamander

The marbled salamander: top predator in here-today, gone-tomorrow ponds.

Credit: National Park Service


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Adult spotted salamander

A spotted salamander adult migrates to a temporary pond to breed.

Credit: Mark Urban


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Marbled salamander larva, patrolling the leaf litter in an ephemeral pond.

Marbled salamander larva, patrolling the leaf litter in an ephemeral pond.

Credit: Nicole Freidenfelds


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Marbled salamanders in a temporary pond

Marbled salamanders shape the biological communities of temporary ponds.

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