Chytrid a Deadly Fungus Threatens Endangered Amphibians

24 05 2011

Chytrid a Deadly Fungus Threatens Endangered Amphibians

The chytrid fungus is decimating amphibian populations worldwide especially in Central America and Australia.  The fungus causes the skin of the infected amphibian to thicken thereby interfering with the ability of the animal to absorb water and electrolytes.

The Chytrid is even a sporadic problem in world-wide zoo collections and with species reintroduction programs.  The fungus is known to wipe out local populations some of which are threatened already.

References:

Nolen, R.  “New Guidelines Intended to Guard Amphibians against Deadly Fungus.”  JAVMA Vol. 234, No. 8 news.  P. 1000.

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