Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity

  title={Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity},
  author={B. Scheele and F. Pasmans and L. Skerratt and L. Berger and A. Martel and W. Beukema and Aldemar A. Acevedo and P. Burrowes and T. Carvalho and A. Catenazzi and I. De la Riva and M. Fisher and S. V. Flechas and C. Foster and Patricia Fr{\'i}as-{\'A}lvarez and T. Garner and B. Gratwicke and J. M. Guayasamin and M. Hirschfeld and Jonathan E. Kolby and T. Kosch and E. La Marca and D. Lindenmayer and K. Lips and A. Longo and Ra{\'u}l Maneyro and Cait A. McDonald and J. Mendelson and Pablo Palacios-Rodriguez and G. Parra-Olea and C. Richards-Zawacki and M. R{\"o}del and S. Rovito and C. Soto-Azat and L. Toledo and J. Voyles and C. Weldon and S. Whitfield and M. Wilkinson and K. Zamudio and S. Canessa},
  pages={1459 - 1463}
  • B. Scheele, F. Pasmans, +38 authors S. Canessa
  • Published 2019
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Science
  • The demise of amphibians? Rapid spread of disease is a hazard in our interconnected world. The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis was identified in amphibian populations about 20 years ago and has caused death and species extinction at a global scale. Scheele et al. found that the fungus has caused declines in amphibian populations everywhere except at its origin in Asia (see the Perspective by Greenberg and Palen). A majority of species and populations are still experiencing decline… CONTINUE READING

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