Journal article

Island of opportunity: can New Guinea protect amphibians from a globally emerging pathogen?

Deborah S Bower, Karen R Lips, Yolarnie Amepou, Stephen Richards, Chris Dahl, Elizah Nagombi, Miriam Supuma, Lisa Dabek, Ross A Alford, Lin Schwarzkopf, Mark Ziembicki, Jeffrey N Noro, Amir Hamidy, Graeme R Gillespie, Lee Berger, Carla Eisemberg, Yiming Li, Xuan Liu, Charlotte K Jennings, Burhan Tjaturadi Show all

FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

The amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (chytrid) has caused the most widespread, disease-induced declines and extinctions in vertebrates recorded to date. The largest climatically suitable landmass that may still be free of this fungus is New Guinea. The island is home to a sizeable proportion of the world's known frog species (an estimated 6%), as well as many additional, yet-to-be-described species. Two decades of research on the chytrid fungus have provided a foundation for improved management of amphibian populations. We call for urgent, unified, international, multidisciplinary action to prepare for the arrival of B dendrobatidis in New Guinea, to prevent or slow it..

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