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Chytridiomycosis in wild frogs from southern Costa Rica

January 1, 2003

In 1993, the amphibian fauna of Las Tablas, Costa Rica, began to decline, and by 1998 approximately 50% of the species formerly present could no longer be found. Three years later, at the Reserva Forestal Fortuna, in western Panama, a site approximately 75 km east southeast of Las Tablas, KRL encountered a mass die-off of amphibians and a subsequent decline in abundance and species richness. The epidemiological features of the anuran population declines and die-offs at both sites were similar, suggesting a similar cause. Herein we document the presence of the fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in dead and dying wild frogs collected at Las Tablas just prior to population declines of several anuran species.

Publication Year 2003
Title Chytridiomycosis in wild frogs from southern Costa Rica
DOI 10.1670/0022-1511(2003)037[0215:CIWFFS]2.0.CO;2
Authors Karen R. Lips, D. E. Green, R. Papendick
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Herpetology
Index ID 1003723
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center