Frog-killing fungus spreads across Panama Canal towards South America
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
South America, the current hot-spot for describing new frog species, may be in danger of seeing population declines due to an . A recent scientific paper has found the mysterious fungal disease, , has begun to establish into eastward Panama, heading across the boundary towards Colombian populations. The publication predicts that at the current rate, the will spread into ( ) before 2012. The chytrid fungus is believed to be the leading cause of population mortality of amphibians. Species like the (Colostethus panamensis) are succumbing to the effects of the pathogen at an alarming rate. For the last 30 years, the infection has decimated amphibian communities, mostly because of increased temperatures resulting from climate change.
Captive breeding programs, likeare preparing for the worst. There are still many species in the jungles of Central and South America that have not been properly documented, and could be fated to be studied after extinction.
- "Bd crosses Panama Canal" — , October 6, 2008
- Douglas C. Woodhams, et al.. "Chytridiomycosis and Amphibian Population Declines Continue to Spread Eastward in Panama" — , September 20, 2008 (PDF)
- "Climate Change Drives Widespread Amphibian Extinctions; Warmer Temperatures Enhance Growth Conditions Of Fatal Fungus" — , January 12, 2006