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DAO 84:159-162 (2009)  -  DOI:

Chytridiomycosis in frogs from Uruguay

Claudio Borteiro1,*, Juan Carlos Cruz2, Francisco Kolenc3, Andrea Aramburu4

1Río de Janeiro 4058, CP 12800, Montevideo, Uruguay
2Departamento de Patología, Facultad de Veterinaria, Lasplaces 1550, Montevideo, Uruguay
3Universidad Católica del Uruguay, Dr. Javier Barrios Amorín 1578, Montevideo, Uruguay
4Calle 43 y Calle O, Parque del Plata, Canelones, Uruguay

ABSTRACT: Amphibian chytridiomycosis caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is reported in Uruguayan native amphibians for the first time. Histological evidence of infection was observed in tadpoles of Hypsiboas pulchellus, Odontophrynus maisuma, Physalaemus henselii, and Scinax squalirostris. The effects of chytridiomycosis on these species are still unknown. However, the disease is of potential concern for the conservation of the apparently declining species P. henselii and also for O. maisuma, given its restricted distribution in habitats which are being increasingly disturbed.

KEY WORDS: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Amphibian disease · Amphibian conservation · Uruguay

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Cite this article as: Borteiro C, Cruz JC, Kolenc F, Aramburu A (2009) Chytridiomycosis in frogs from Uruguay. Dis Aquat Org 84:159-162.

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