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Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species

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A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered amphibians in India.

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) can cause the lethal disease chytridiomycosis, and is considered a significant threat wherever it is found.

It was first discovered in the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot, designated one of the eight most important global hotspots and one of the three most threatened by population growth, in 2011.

But new research led by the University of Plymouth has found it for the first time in caecilians, the critically endangered Amboli Toad (Xanthophryne tigerina) and the endangered white-lipped Cricket Frog (Fejervarya cf. sahyadris). MORE

Header Image: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) has been revealed for the first time in the critically endangered species pictured: Amboli Toad (Xanthophryne tigerina). Credit: Lewis Davies/University of Plymouth.

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