Naive rainforest frogs on Cape York, Australia, are at risk of the introduction of amphibian chytridiomycosis disease
Conrad J Hoskin, Harry B Hines, Rebecca J Webb, Lee F Skerratt, Lee Berger
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2018
Amphibian chytridiomycosis disease has caused widespread declines and extinctions of frogs in cool, wet habitats in eastern Australia. Screening suggests that the disease does not yet occupy all areas modelled to be environmentally suitable, including rainforests on Cape York Peninsula. Cape Melville is an area of rainforest with several endemic frogs, including the stream-associated Melville Range treefrog (Litoria andiirrmalin), which is deemed at particular risk of disease impacts. We tested 40 L. andiirrmalin for chytrid infection by PCR and found them all to be negative. In conjunction with previous testing at another high-risk location, McIlwraith Range, this suggests that endemic rain..View full abstract
We thank Janie White (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) for facilitating access to Cape Melville National Park in 2013, and the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) for funding. We also thank Kris Murray (Imperial College, London) for assistance with Bd mapping.