Another Chytrid Suspect (image) Washington University in St. Louis Caption A central newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, makes its home in a Missouri pond. Newts are a common pond amphibian in Missouri and are often infected with the amphibian chytrid fungus. Credit Tyson Research Center Usage Restrictions Please credit 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.