DAO 82:157-160 (2008)  -  doi:10.3354/dao02006

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First report of spontaneous chytridiomycosis in frogs in Asia

Yumi Une1,5,*, Sho Kadekaru1, Kenichi Tamukai2, Kouichi Goka3, Toshiro Kuroki4

1Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology, Azabu University, 1-17-71 Fuchinobe, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8501, Japan
2Denenchofu Animal Hospital, 2-1-3 Denenchofu, Ota-ku, Tokyo 145-0071, Japan
3National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan
4Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Public Health, 1-3-1 Shimomachiya, Chigasaki, Kanagawa 253-0087, Japan
5Present address: Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, 1-17-71 Fuchinobe, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8501, Japan

ABSTRACT: This is the first report of amphibian chytridiomycosis in Asia. We discovered a lethal outbreak in Japan, among 45 exotic frogs from 18 species kept for breeding by a private owner. Of these 45 frogs, 16 died and another 7 were found to be infected by chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) but survived after treatment. Bd was detected in frogs from 9 species (Lepidobatrachus laevis, Ceratophrys cornuta, C. cranwelli, C. ornata, C. calcarata, Chacophrys pierotti, Occidozyga lima, Leptodactylus pentadactylus and Plethodontohyla tuberata).


KEY WORDS: Chytridiomycosis · Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Captive frog · Japan


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Cite this article as: Une Y, Kadekaru S, Tamukai K, Goka K, Kuroki T (2008) First report of spontaneous chytridiomycosis in frogs in Asia. Dis Aquat Org 82:157-160

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