Baseline amphibian survey and sampling of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Icaco and Hormiga valleys, Patillas, Puerto Rico
Keywords:conservation, Eleutherodactylus cooki, Eleutherodactylus richmondi, Eleutherodactylus wightmanae, secondary-growth forests
AbstractBatrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is the pathogen responsible for chytridiomycosis, a disease implicated in amphibian population declines around the world. In Puerto Rico, Bd has been shown to cause mortalities in endemic anurans of the genus Eleutherodactylus. In July 2014, we conducted visual-encounter surveys and collected 143 Bd swab samples at 10 locations in Icaco and Hormiga, two remote and understudied valleys in Patillas, Puerto Rico. We found five species of Eleutherodactylus and one species of Leptodactylus. Individuals of four species (E. coqui, E. cooki, E. richmondi, and E. wightmanae) yielded either positive or equivocal results for Bd, but 93.7% of the samples tested negative for Bd
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Greenhawk, N., Zlotnik, S., Billy, L. M., Boas, S., & Gabel, S. (2017). Baseline amphibian survey and sampling of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Icaco and Hormiga valleys, Patillas, Puerto Rico. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 16(1), 63-69. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v16i1p63-69