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Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Wikipedia Abstract

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, (bə-TRAY-koh-KIT-ri-um DEN-droh-bə-teye-dis) also known as Bd or the amphibian chytrid fungus, that causes the disease chytridiomycosis in amphibians. In the decade after it was first discovered in 1998, the disease devastated amphibian populations around the world, in a global decline towards multiple extinctions, part of the Holocene extinction. A recently described second species, B. salamandrivorans, also cause chytridiomycosis and death in salamanders.
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Invasive Species

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a non-hyphal parasitic chytrid fungus that has been associated with population declines in endemic amphibian species in upland montane rain forests in Australia and Panama. It causes cutaneous mycosis (fungal infection of the skin), or more specifically chytridiomycosis, in wild and captive amphibians. First described in 1998, the fungus is the only chytrid known to parasitise vertebrates. B. dendrobatidis can remain viable in the environment (especially aquatic environments) for weeks on its own, and may persist in latent infections.

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