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article imageSouth American frog hit by fungus

By Tim Sandle     Nov 23, 2013 in Environment
Two South American frog species named for Charles Darwin are in decline due to the spread of a fungus. The fungus infects the skin of the frogs.
The problematic fungus is called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, and Digital Journal reported on this global issue back in January. At that time we wrote:
"Many of the planet's population of frogs are in danger from a fungal infection that is killing them off by the thousands. The fungus could lead to multiple extinctions of frog species."
Now it seems that the fungus is close to taking two species of frog to extinction, according to the BBC. The two affected species are Rhinoderma rufum and R. darwinii. These amphibians are found in Chile and Argentina and called Darwin’s frogs, based on Charles Darwin’s involvement in their discovery.
The rate of decline has been reported in the science journal PLoS One, in a paper titled "Is Chytridiomycosis Driving Darwin’s Frogs to Extinction?".
Worryingly, the researchers found no living R. rufum animals, which could confirm an earlier conclusion that R. rufum frog had become extinct.
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