Journal article

Dynamics of Chytridiomycosis during the Breeding Season in an Australian Alpine Amphibian

Laura A Brannelly, David A Hunter, Daniel Lenger, Ben C Scheele, Lee F Skerratt, Lee Berger

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

Understanding disease dynamics during the breeding season of declining amphibian species will improve our understanding of how remnant populations persist with endemic infection, and will assist the development of management techniques to protect disease-threatened species from extinction. We monitored the endangered Litoria verreauxii alpina (alpine treefrog) during the breeding season through capture-mark-recapture (CMR) studies in which we investigated the dynamics of chytridiomycosis in relation to population size in two populations. We found that infection prevalence and intensity increased throughout the breeding season in both populations, but infection prevalence and intensity was hi..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The project was funded by the Australian Research Council Grants FT100100375, LP110200240 and DP120100811 and Taronga Zoo, received by LFS, LB and DAH. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.