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FLY ASH AS AMPHIBIAN HABITAT

Posted by Miqe on August 8, 2007

I am giving a helping hand here: 

CNAH RESEARCH REQUEST Number 131
The Center for North American Herpetology Lawrence, Kansas http://www.cnah.org
6 August 2007

FLY ASH AS AMPHIBIAN HABITAT

Although I am aware of several studies, most at SREL, of the impact of chemical runoff from Fly Ash piles on amphibian larval development, I have not found any documentation that frogs and toads would avoid living (burrowing into) old fly ash piles. I would appreciate feedback from anyone who has evidence that anurans can actually inhabit old fly ash piles as I have been asked to investigate the possibility that Scaphiopus holbrooki (Eastern Spadefoot) could inhabit 15 acres of very old fly ash, 14 feet thick, at a site in Lawrence County, Ohio, where this state endangered species does exist. The fly ash is basically fine silica dioxide (sand) and vegetation is growing quite nicely on the site.

Any information on this topic would be appreicated and thank you in advance. I can be reached at:

Scott Moody
Ohio University
moody@ohio.edu

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