In recent years, Science, volume 363 (published in 29 March 2019) reported declining of amphibian population worldwide due to fungal disease.
Among amphibians affected by this disease are:
The fungus also described as “supefungus.” The scientific name of fungus is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. This is a chytrid fungus, and then, disease is called as Chytridiomycosis.
Some symptoms of chytridiomycosis are following:
- lack of muscle control
- loss of appetite.
The fungus infects skin of frog or other amphibians, very painful, then causes:
- difficulty to breathe
- damage of nervous system.
- slowly kill amphibians
This fungal disease lead to decreasing about 30% of 501 amphibian species, include:
- almost extinction of 200 species
- extinction of 90 species
However, scientists have worked hard to prevent more devastation to amphibians population around the globe.