The Decline of the Sharp-Snouted Day Frog (Taudactylus acutirostris): The First Documented Case of Extinction by Infection in a Free-Ranging Wildlife Species?

@article{Schloegel2005TheDO,
  title={The Decline of the Sharp-Snouted Day Frog (Taudactylus acutirostris): The First Documented Case of Extinction by Infection in a Free-Ranging Wildlife Species?},
  author={Lisa M. Schloegel and Jean-Marc Hero and Lee R. Berger and Richard Speare and Keith R Mcdonald and Peter Daszak},
  journal={EcoHealth},
  year={2005},
  volume={3},
  pages={35-40}
}
Infectious diseases are increasingly recognized as the cause of mass mortality events, population declines, and the local extirpation of wildlife species. In a number of cases, it has been hypothesized that pathogens have caused species extinctions in wildlife. However, there is only one definitively proven case of extinction by infection, and this was in a remnant captive population of a Polynesian tree snail. In this article, we review the potential involvement of infectious disease in the… 

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