Chytrid found on exported Madagascan frogs!

Heterixalis alboguttatus, a species of reed frog, is one of the species from which an exported individual was found to be infected by Bd.

Heterixalis alboguttatus, a species of reed frog, is one Madagascan species from which an exported individual was found to be infected by Bd.

There may be trouble brewing for Madagascar. A researcher from James Cook University recently published a study finding measurable amounts of Bd in three frogs (representing 3 different species) out of 565 exported animals from Madagascar (so basically 0.5% of all frogs were infected). This may not seem alarming but since this is the first time chytrid has been detected on amphibians from Madagascar, it may be a warning signal that Madagascan frogs are no longer safe from Bd. There is a slim chance that these frogs became infected during the packing and shipping process, but a discovery like this nevertheless warrants a thorough investigation. If chytrid truly is infecting frogs in Madagascar, in only a few years the Frog Probiotics program may become one of the only hopes for some species of Madagascan amphibians.

Frog: 10, Fungus: 16

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