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salamanders

DON’T LET THE FUNGUS GET ME  North America’s extreme diversity of salamanders (lungless Ensatina eschscholtzii from the West Coast shown) could face catastrophic losses if the deadly Bsal fungus invades via the international live-animal trade. 

Ants with caterpillar

BUILDING BODYGUARDS  Neglecting their colony tasks, ants hang around — and defend — a Narathura japonica caterpillar that oozes droplets spiked with substances that alter ant brain chemistry.

golden wolf and jackal

SEEING DOUBLE  Although they look alike, the African golden wolf (left) should be considered a separate species from the Eurasian golden jackal (right), scientists argue.

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