Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Endemic Salamander Species from Central Texas

  title={Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Endemic Salamander Species from Central Texas},
  author={James P. Gaertner and Michael R. J. Forstner and Lisa O’Donnell and Dittmar Hahn},
A nested PCR protocol was used to analyze five endemic salamander species from Central Texas for the presence of the emerging pathogen, chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). Chytrid fungus was detected from samples of each of the five species sampled: with low abundance, in the Texas salamander (Eurycea neotenes) (1 positive out of 16 individuals tested; 1/16), the Blanco River Springs salamander (E. pterophila) (1/20), the threatened San Marcos salamander (E. nana) (1/17), and the… 

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