Amphibians on the brink

Deborah S. Bower, Karen R. Lips, Lin Schwarzkopf, Arthur Georges, Simon Clulow

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    Over the past three decades, the emergence of a globalized pandemic lineage of chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has caused declines of amphibian species in Central America, Europe, Australia, and North America (see the figure). By 2004, where documented, 43.2% of amphibian species globally experienced some level of population decrease, and the amphibian chytrid fungus was identified as a major contributing factor for hundreds of species (1). The recent discovery of a related but functionally distinct chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, that has begun exterminating salamanders in Europe (2) fulfills predictions that further infectious fungal pathogens will continue to emerge (3). The threat of chytrids and similar fungal pathogens to areas where they have not yet emerged—for example, in New Guinea—is of critical conservation concern
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)454-455
    Number of pages2
    Issue number6350
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2017

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    Bower, D. S., Lips, K. R., Schwarzkopf, L., Georges, A., & Clulow, S. (2017). Amphibians on the brink. Science, 357(6350), 454-455.