Category Archives: Declining Amphibian Populations

The chytrid fungus is not a threat to the Puerto Rican coquí (Eleutherodactylus coqui)

The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) has been blamed for many declines in amphibian populations. One of these cases was the Eleutherodactylus frogs from Puerto Rico. However, a new paper shows one of the major problems with the current research on the … Continue reading

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The frustrating case of chytridiomycosis researchers

I began my research career working with amphibians, in particular the Eleutherodactylus frogs of Puerto Rico. One of the reasons I distanced myself from the whole area, other than just finding new interests, was largely a feeling of frustration over the … Continue reading

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Paper calls into question the chytridiomycosis hypothesis for amphibian declines

A new paper published in PLoS ONE by Matthew Heard, Katherine F. Smith, and Kelsey Ripp have called into question the hypothesis that chytridiomycosis is causing amphibian declines. The threat by this disease seems to have been exaggerated since there are few species … Continue reading

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Amphibians are not so wimpy after all

One of the most over-used reasons amphibians are endangered is that they are more sensitive to environmental changes and contaminants than other groups, making them “canaries” for the environment. This reason is mentioned without evidence and only backed with the … Continue reading

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Mechanism of chytridiomycosis, caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, proposed

One of the most proposed causes for the declining amphibian populations has been the disease chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the skin infection by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Although evidence for some populations linking the decline with the fungus has … Continue reading

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A critique of the paper “Potential causes for amphibian declines in Puerto Rico” by Burrowes, Joglar and Green

One of the great things about blogs is that it allows scientists to express their ideas in a more open and direct way. The old way to criticize a paper was to write a letter or a paper and try … Continue reading

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