Chytrid Fungus and Frog Extinctions

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Summary: In terms of its effect on biodiversity, chytridiomycosis is quite possibly the worst disease in recorded history. First identified in 1998, this potentially lethal skin disease is caused by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which has been detected on at least 385 species of amphibians from 36 countries. Chytridiomycosis has caused amphibian population declines in Australia, South America, North America, Central America, New Zealand, Europe, and Africa, and is likely responsible for over 100 species extinctions since the 1970's. This slideshow, prepared by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger, details his research on the ecology of chytridiomycosis in eastern Australia. www.savethefrogs.com

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