Supen WANG,Wei ZHU,Liqing FAN,et al.Amphibians Testing Negative for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China[J].Asian Herpetological Reserch(AHR),2017,8(3):190-198.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.170010]
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Amphibians Testing Negative for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China
Supen WANG1# Wei ZHU12# Liqing FAN123# Jiaqi LI4 and Yiming LI12*
1 Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049, China
3 Institute of Plateau Ecology, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry College of Tibet University, No. 8 Xueyuan Street, Bayi Town, Linzhi County, Xizang Province 860000, China
4 Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences under Ministry of Environmental Protection of China. No. 8 Jiang Wang Miao Street, Nanjing 210042, China
Chytridiomycosis Amphibians invasive species museum specimens Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
A disease caused by the fungi Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) is responsible for recent worldwide declines and extinctions of amphibian populations. The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is aglobal biodiversity hotspot, yet little is known about the prevalence of Bd and Bsal in this region. In this study, we collected 336 non-invasive skin swabs from wild amphibians (including an exotic amphibian species) on the QTP. In addition, to assess the historical prevalence of Bd and Bsal on the QTP, we collected 117 non-invasive skin swabs from museum-archived amphibian samples (from 1964–1982) originating from the QTP. Our results showed all samples to be negative for Bd and Bsal. The government should ban the potentially harmful introduction of non-native amphibian species to the QTP and educate the public about the impacts of releasing exotic amphibians from chytrid-infected areas into native environments of the QTP.


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