DAO 102:249-254 (2013)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02551

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Chytridiomycosis in endemic amphibians of the mountain tops of the Córdoba and San Luis ranges, Argentina

Julián N. Lescano1,*, Silvana Longo2, Gerardo Robledo2

1Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Animal (CONICET-UNC), Centro de Zoología Aplicada, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Rondeau 798, Córdoba 5000, Argentina
2Laboratório de Micología, IMBIV (CONICET), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, CC495, Córdoba 5000, Argentina

ABSTRACT: Chytridiomycosis is a major threat to amphibian conservation. In Argentina, the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has been recorded in several localities, and recently, it was registered in amphibians inhabiting low-elevation areas of mountain environments in Córdoba and San Luis provinces. In the present study, we searched for B. dendrobatidis in endemic and non-endemic amphibians on the mountain tops of Córdoba and San Luis provinces. We collected dead amphibians in the upper vegetation belt of the mountains of Córdoba and San Luis. Using standard histological techniques, the presence of fungal infection was confirmed in 5 species. Three of these species are endemic to the mountain tops of both provinces. Although there are no reported population declines in amphibians in these mountains, the presence of B. dendrobatidis in endemic species highlights the need for long-term monitoring plans in the area.


KEY WORDS: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Argentina · Anurans · Mountains


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Cite this article as: Lescano JN, Longo S, Robledo G (2013) Chytridiomycosis in endemic amphibians of the mountain tops of the Córdoba and San Luis ranges, Argentina. Dis Aquat Org 102:249-254. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02551

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