Chytrid fungus found in Kansas

This year, students from Wichita State University found the first record of the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Kansas during a field ecology class. This fills in a gap in the distribution of the fungus in the United States. The fungus has been found all over the east and west coasts of the U.S., but there are not as many records from the midwest. I am not sure whether this is because there has simply been little effort to survey, or because the climate there is not favorable for the growth of chytrid. My guess would be the climate, since in hot and dry areas, Bd would most likely only be able to survive during rains, if the temperatures were not too high.

Frog: 8, Fungus: 11

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