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Microhabitat Temperatures and Prevalence of the Pathogenic Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Lowland Amazonian Frogs

R von May, A Catenazzi, R Santa-Cruz, TA Kosch, VT Vredenburg

Tropical Conservation Science | SAGE Publications | Published : 2018

Abstract

Until recently, it was assumed that the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) was not widely distributed in warm ecosystems such as lowland tropical rainforests because high environmental temperatures limit its growth. However, several studies have documented Bd infection in lowland rainforest amphibians over the past decade. In addition, a recent study focusing on museum-stored specimens showed that Bd has been present in the lowland Amazon for more than 80 years. These findings lent support to the idea that some lowland rainforest habitats offer suitable environmental conditions for Bd growth, even though most lowland areas may contain suboptimal conditions limiting the pat..

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