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1 April 2009 Prevalence of the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Western Toads in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada
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The Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) is an IUCN red-listed species affected by habitat destruction and emerging infectious diseases. We tested for the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in a breeding population of toads in southwestern British Columbia. Although the toads showed no physical signs of infection, 28% of 32 toads tested positive for Bd. To our knowledge, this study provides the first evidence of the chytrid fungus in a population of Western Toads in British Columbia. We also compared body condition to infection prevalence and found no significant relationship. Monitoring population trends and further testing for Bd prevalence are required throughout the province.

Isabelle Deguise and John S. Richardson "Prevalence of the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Western Toads in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada," Northwestern Naturalist 90(1), 35-38, (1 April 2009). https://doi.org/10.1898/1051-1733-90.1.35
Received: 8 September 2008; Accepted: 1 November 2008; Published: 1 April 2009
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