Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Occurrence in Eurycea cirrigera

  • Byrne M
  • Davie E
  • Gibbons J
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Abstract

Several pathogens affect amphibians, but a chytridiomycete fungus, Batracho chytrium dendrobatidis, is of particular interest because this pathogen is linked to localized amphibian population declines and extinction of species. Species-specific infections and pathogen distribution are poorly understood, particularly in members of Caudata. We found B. dendrobatidis in adult Eurycea cirrigera (Southern Two-lined Salamander), a species not previously reported as susceptible to this fungal pathogen, and this report is the first record of B. dendrobatidis occurrence in Alabama.

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  • amphibians
  • australia
  • bullfrog
  • chytridiomycosis
  • disease
  • infection
  • population declines
  • reptiles
  • salamanders
  • toad

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Authors

  • M W Byrne

  • E P Davie

  • J W Gibbons

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