Spread of chytridiomycosis has caused the rapid global decline and extinction of frogs

Skerratt, Lee Francis, Berger, Lee, Speare, Richard, Cashins, Scott, McDonald, Keith Raymond, Phillott, Andrea Dawn, Hines, Harry Bryan, and Kenyon, Nicole (2007) Spread of chytridiomycosis has caused the rapid global decline and extinction of frogs. EcoHealth, 4 (2). pp. 125-134.

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Abstract

The global emergence and spread of the pathogenic, virulent, and highly transmissible fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, resulting in the disease chytridiomycosis, has caused the decline or extinction of up to about 200 species of frogs. Key postulates for this theory have been completely or partially fulfilled. In the absence of supportive evidence for alternative theories despite decades of research, it is important for the scientific community and conservation agencies to recognize and manage the threat of chytridiomycosis to remaining species of frogs, especially those that are naive to the pathogen. The impact of chytridiomycosis on frogs is the most spectacular loss of vertebrate biodiversity due to disease in recorded history.

Item ID: 2875
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: chytridiomycosis; Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis; decline; extinction; frogs; amphibians; postulates; global
ISSN: 1612-9210
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2009 02:24
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070707 Veterinary Microbiology (excl Virology) @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070704 Veterinary Epidemiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960707 Trade and Environment @ 100%
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