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Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Jul;22(7):1286-8. doi: 10.3201/eid2207.160109. Epub 2016 Jul 15.

Expanding Distribution of Lethal Amphibian Fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Europe.

Abstract

Emerging fungal diseases can drive amphibian species to local extinction. During 2010-2016, we examined 1,921 urodeles in 3 European countries. Presence of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans at new locations and in urodeles of different species expands the known geographic and host range of the fungus and underpins its imminent threat to biodiversity.

KEYWORDS:

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans; Belgium; Europe; Germany; Ichthyosaura alpestris; Lissotriton vulgaris; Salamandra salamandra; amphibian; chytridiomycosis; fungi; geographic distribution; the Netherlands

PMID:
27070102
PMCID:
PMC4918153
DOI:
10.3201/eid2207.160109
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