DAO 92:217-221 (2010)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02239

Contribution to the DAO Special 'Chytridiomycosis: An emerging disease'

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Darwin’s frog Rhinoderma spp. in Chile

J. Bourke1,*, F. Mutschmann2, T. Ohst3,4, P. Ulmer5, A. Gutsche6, K. Busse1, H. Werning7, W. Boehme1

1Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
2Exomed, Erich-Kurz-Strasse 7, 10319 Berlin, Germany
3Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany
4Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene (Charité), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dorotheenstrasse 96, 10117 Berlin, Germany
5Amselweg 1, 75417 Mühlacker, Mühlhausen, Germany
6Institute für Biologie, Sinnesbiologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany
7Reptilia, Terraria & Draco, Seestrasse 101, 13353 Berlin, Germany

ABSTRACT: The presence of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Chile was evaluated in 2 endangered frog species of the genus Rhinoderma. Specimens from a captive rearing facility, wild populations and preserved collection material were analyzed using histological and molecular techniques. The fungus was identified in the rearing facility and in wild populations, but not in the archived frogs. This study confirms, for first time, the presence of chytridiomycosis in Rhinoderma darwinii in Chile.


KEY WORDS: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Chytridiomycosis · Rhinoderma darwinii · Rhinoderma rufum · Chile


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Cite this article as: Bourke J, Mutschmann F, Ohst T, Ulmer P and others (2010) Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Darwin’s frog Rhinoderma spp. in Chile. Dis Aquat Org 92:217-221. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02239

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