SEASONALITY IN BATRACHOCHYTRIUM DENDROBATIDIS DETECTION IN AMPHIBIANS IN CENTRAL Oklahoma, USA

Jessa L. Watters, Shelby L. McMillin, Elizabeth C. Marhanka, Drew R. Davis, Jillian K. Farkas, Jacob L. Kerby, Cameron D. Siler

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Abstract

Chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (chytrid or Bd), has not been well studied in Oklahoma. This is of particular concern regarding the connection between seasonality and chytrid infection. To further investigate this connection, chytrid prevalence and infection load were quantified within amphibians in central Oklahoma from March to October, across two sites in Oklahoma Co. and two sites in Cleveland Co. The results show a trend between seasonality and chytrid, with spring and fall showing higher prevalence and summer showing lower prevalence, which coincides closely with the preferred chytrid growth temperatures. Additionally, periods of high rainfall in May 2015 are linked to increased chytrid prevalence, as has been suggested by other research. Additionally, species exhibiting high chytrid prevalence follow the results of previous studies: Blanchard's cricket frog (Acris blanchardi), American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), and southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-497
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Chytridiomycota
Amphibians
amphibians
Rana catesbeiana
Lithobates catesbeianus
Rana pipiens
Ranidae
Gryllidae
Rana
Infection
infection
Anura
infectious diseases
Communicable Diseases
frogs
Fungi
rain
fungi
Temperature
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Keywords

  • Amphibian decline
  • Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
  • Chytrid
  • Chytridiomycosis
  • Infectious disease
  • Weather

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Watters, Jessa L. ; McMillin, Shelby L. ; Marhanka, Elizabeth C. ; Davis, Drew R. ; Farkas, Jillian K. ; Kerby, Jacob L. ; Siler, Cameron D. / SEASONALITY IN BATRACHOCHYTRIUM DENDROBATIDIS DETECTION IN AMPHIBIANS IN CENTRAL Oklahoma, USA. In: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2019 ; Vol. 50, No. 2. pp. 492-497.
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