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Killer fungus spares West Africa’s frogs

A suffocating fungus that threatens amphibians around the world has skipped over the diverse frog population in West Africa.

Amphibians are one of the most threatened animal groups in the world; almost one third of all species are under acute threat. One of the main reasons for their decline is a chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) with a nearly worldwide distribution.

In a collaborative effort involving scientists around the globe, close to 1,000 amphibians belonging to over 60 species were tested for the disease. The findings were published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.

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