DAO 111:153-157 (2014)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02742

Survey of Turkey’s endemic amphibians for chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis 

Ugur Cengiz Erismis1, Muhsin Konuk2,*, Taner Yoldas1, Pinar Agyar1, Dilay Yumuk1, Safiye Elif Korcan

1Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Sciences and Literatures, Biology Department, ANS Campus, 03200-Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
2Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Üsküdar University, Altunizade, 34662 Istanbul, Turkey
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ABSTRACT: We report a new survey for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in Turkey. We swabbed 228 individuals of 7 amphibian species (from 5 families) living in 2 locations (26-August National Park and the Turkish Lakes District) in the southwestern Anatolian region. The infection intensity of all the samples was determined using quantitative PCR. All 4 amphibian breeding sites and 4 amphibian species in 26-August National Park were infected by Bd, with the prevalence at each site ranging from 8 to 29%. Only 1 species was sampled from Beysehir Lake near the conservation area Beysehir Natural Park, but these samples were notable for their high detection rates (prevalence of 32.11%). This study reports the first records of Bd infecting wild Pelophylax ridibundus, Hyla orientalis, Pseudepidalea variabilis, and endemic Beysehir frogs Pelophylax caralitanus.


KEY WORDS: Bd · Chytridiomycosis · qPCR · Endemic frogs


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Cite this article as: Erismis UC, Konuk M, Yoldas T, Agyar P, Yumuk D, Korcan SE (2014) Survey of Turkey’s endemic amphibians for chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis . Dis Aquat Org 111:153-157. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02742

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