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1 April 2007 Susceptibility of the Endangered California Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma californiense, to Ranavirus Infection
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Emerging infectious diseases are implicated in the declines and extinctions of amphibians worldwide. Ranaviruses in the family Iridoviridae are a global concern and have caused amphibian die-offs in wild populations in North America, Europe, South America, and in commercial populations in Asia and South America. The movement of amphibians for bait, food, pets, and research provides a route for the introduction of ranaviruses into naive and potentially endangered species. In this report, we demonstrate that the California tiger salamander, Ambystoma californiense, is susceptible to Ambystoma tigrinum virus (ATV). This virus has not been previously reported in California tiger salamander, but observed mortality in experimentally infected animals suggests that California tiger salamander populations could be adversely affected by an ATV introduction.

Picco, Brunner, and Collins: Susceptibility of the Endangered California Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma californiense, to Ranavirus Infection
Angela M. Picco, Jesse L. Brunner, and James P. Collins "Susceptibility of the Endangered California Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma californiense, to Ranavirus Infection," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43(2), 286-290, (1 April 2007). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-43.2.286
Received: 12 June 2006; Published: 1 April 2007
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