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Evidence of a Chytrid Fungus Infection Involved in the Decline of the Common Midwife Toad (Alytes obstetricans) in Protected Areas of Central Spain

AuthorsBosch, Jaime ; Martínez-Solano, Íñigo ; García-París, Mario
Midwife toad
Issue Date12-Dec-2000
CitationBiological Conservation, 97 (3) : 331-337 (2001)
AbstractDuring the summers of 1997, 1998 and 1999 mass mortality episodes of post-metamorphic common midwife toads (Alytes obstetricans) occurred in a protected area in central Spain. The population su ered a sharp decline, disappearing from 86% of the ponds where they were known to reproduce some years ago. Scanning electron microscopy and histological techniques revealed the presence of a chytridiomycosis infection in the skin of the toads. This evidence supports chytridiomycosis as the most plausible cause of the decline of the species in the area. This is the ®rst report of an apparent chytridium-caused amphibian decline in Europe.
Description7 páginas, 3 figuras, 1 table..
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(00)00132-4
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