BASELINE CUTANEOUS BACTERIA OF FREE-LIVING NEW ZEALAND NATIVE FROGS (LEIOPELMA ARCHEYI AND LEIOPELMA HOCHSTETTERI) AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THEIR ROLE IN DEFENSE AGAINST THE AMPHIBIAN CHYTRID (BATRACHOCHYTRIUM DENDROBATIDIS)
Stephanie D Shaw, Lee Berger, Sara Bell, Sarah Dodd, Tim Y James, Lee F Skerratt, Phillip J Bishop, Rick Speare
J Wildl Dis | WILDLIFE DISEASE ASSOC, INC | Published : 2014
Funding for this project was provided by the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust Conservation Fund. Many thanks to the staff at Landcare Auckland who were instrumental in the bacterial culturing, identification, and storage of chytrid samples: Stanley Bellgard, Maureen Fletcher, Karen Hoksbergen, Daniel Than, Bevan Weir, and Paula Wilke. Thanks also to Lisa Daglish and Amanda Haigh from the Department of Conservation who collected the bacterial samples. Many thanks to Reid Harris, Brianna Lam, and Jennifer Walke for technical advice. Thanks also to the New Zealand Maori iwi for supporting native frog research.