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DAO 95:259-261 (2011)  -  DOI:

New records of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Chilean frogs

J. Bourke1,*, T. Ohst2,3, Y. Gräser3, W. Böhme1, J. Plötner2

1Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
2Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany
3Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene (Charité), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dorotheenstraße 96, 10117 Berlin, Germany

ABSTRACT: We used molecular techniques to examine 11 species of frogs in 6 localities in southern Chile to ascertain the incidence of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). We detected the fungus in 2 localities (Coñaripe and Raúl Marín Balmaceda) in 3 species: Batrachyla leptopus, Pleurodema thaul and Rhinoderma darwinii. Our findings expand the list of Bd hosts to include B. leptopus and P. thaul and extend the spatial distribution in Chile to include the southernmost Bd record at Raúl Marín Balmaceda.

KEY WORDS: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Chytridiomycosis · Amphibia · Anura · Chile

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Cite this article as: Bourke J, Ohst T, Gräser Y, Böhme W, Plötner J (2011) New records of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Chilean frogs. Dis Aquat Org 95:259-261.

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