Journal article

Disease and the Drying Pond: Examining Possible Links among Drought, Immune Function, and Disease Development in Amphibians

Amanpreet K Kohli, Alexa L Lindauer, Laura A Brannelly, Michel EB Ohmer, Cori Richards-Zawacki, Louise Rollins-Smith, Jamie Voyles

PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ZOOLOGY | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

Drought can heavily impact aquatic ecosystems. For amphibian species that rely on water availability for larval development, drought can have direct and indirect effects on larval survival and postmetamorphic fitness. Some amphibian species can accelerate the timing of metamorphosis to escape drying habitats through developmental plasticity. However, trade-offs associated with premature metamorphosis, such as reduced body size and altered immune function in the recently metamorphosed individual, may have downstream effects on susceptibility to disease. Here, we review the physiological mechanisms driving patterns in larval amphibian development under low water conditions. Specifically, we di..

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