The absence of chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) from an introduced population in Cambridge, UK

Steven James Ronald Allain, Mark James Goodman


The amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) threatens amphibian species globally and one route in which the infection has been spread is by the introduction of non-native species. Here we report the results of a broad study involving an introduced population of common midwife toads (Alytes obstetricans) in Cambridge, UK. Thirty-three animals were swabbed and then screened for the presence of both B. dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans. We found that none of the screened individuals tested positively for either B. dendrobatidis or B. salamandrivorans.

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