A North American Newt, Defenseless against An Asian Fungus (image) University of Maryland Share Print E-Mail Caption Mortality was 100 percent among Eastern red-spotted newts (Nothophthalmus viridescens) exposed to a fungus from Asia that recently reached Europe, probably carried by salamanders in the pet shop trade. This newt, shown in its juvenile stage, is a North American native and a popular aquarium pet. Credit Edward Kabay Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.