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Environmental Refuge from Disease-Driven Amphibian Extinction

Puschendorf, Robert; Hoskin, Conrad; Cashins, Scott D.; McDonald, Keith R; Skerratt, Lee F.; VanDerWal, Jeremy; Alford, Ross

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Species that are tolerant of broad environmental gradients may be less vulnerable to epizootic outbreaks of disease. Chytridriomycosis, caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has been linked to extirpations and extinctions of amphibian species in many regions. The pathogen thrives in cool, moist environments, and high amphibian mortality rates have commonly occurred during chytridiomycosis outbreaks in amphibian populations in high-elevation tropical rainforests. In Australia...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64475
Source: Conservation Biology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01728.x

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