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Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity

Scheele, Ben C; Pasmans, Frank; Skerratt, Lee F; Berger, Lee; Martel, An; Beukema, Wouter; Acevedo, Aldemar A; Burrowes, Patricia A; Carvalho, Tamilie; Catenazzi, Alessandro; De la Riva, Ignacio; Fisher, Matthew C; Flechas, Sandra V; Foster, Claire N; Frías-Álvarez, Patricia; Garner, Trenton W J; Gratwicke, Brian; Guayasamin, Juan M; Hirschfeld, Mareike; Kolby, Jonathan E; Kosch, Tiffany A; La Marca, Enrique; Lindenmayer, David B; Lips, Karen R; Longo, Ana V; Maneyro, Raúl; McDonald, Cait A; Mendelson, Joseph; Palacios-Rodriguez, Pablo; Parra-Olea, Gabriela; Richards-Zawacki, Corinne L; Rödel, Mark-Oliver; Rovito, Sean M; Soto-Azat, Claudio; Toledo, Luís Felipe; Voyles, Jamie; Weldon, Ché; Whitfield, Steven M; Wilkinson, Mark; Zamudio, Kelly R; Canessa, Stefano


Anthropogenic trade and development have broken down dispersal barriers, facilitating the spread of diseases that threaten Earth's biodiversity. We present a global, quantitative assessment of the amphibian chytridiomycosis panzootic, one of the most impactful examples of disease spread, and demonstrate its role in the decline of at least 501 amphibian species over the past half-century, including 90 presumed extinctions. The effects of chytridiomycosis have been greatest in large-bodied,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav0379
Access Rights: Open Access

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