Our lab had a strong presence at the Undergraduate Symposium today with three posters featuring ongoing herpetological research, and first place award for Chris (Rookies category) -- congratulations Chris! Nate (left) presented about the strength of chytrid fungus inhibition by symbiotic skin bacteria of several species of montane tropical frogs in a region where chytrid has caused the collapse of amphibian communities. Joseph (center) worked on identifying each bacterial strain, and additional strains not assayed for inhibitory capacities, through sequencing of 16S rRNA gene. Chris (right) reported on the rediscovery of an enigmatic colubrid snake, appropriately named Erythrolamprus problematicus, and previously known from a single specimen, which does not appear to fit into any previously described genera. Preliminary analyses seem to suggest that this snake is basal to all other Xenodontinae genera.
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