Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Chytridiomycosis on amphibians - first report from Europe.

Abstract

Cutaneous mycosis as a cause of death in free-living and captive amphibians due to an chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) was first reported in 1998. This is apparently the first report on chytrid infections in captive anurans from Europe. Dendrobates auratus and D. pumilio imported from Costa Rica and Phyllobates vittatus imported from French Guayana died with chytridiomycosis within a week after arrival in Europe. Batrachochytrium was also found on captive bred frogs in Germany and Belgium. Clinical signs, diagnosis and conclusions for protecting free-living amphibian populations and captive frogs are discussed.