Two Poison Dart Frogs
A golden poison dart frog and a yellow banded poison dart frog on begonia leaves at the American Museum of Natural History. These frogs are in the family Dendrobatidae, native to Central and South America. The beautiful little frogs are among the dozens of amphibians threatened by fungal disease. Chytridiomycosis is an infectious disease of amphibians, caused by the chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a non-hyphal zoosporic fungus. Chytridiomycosis has been linked to dramatic population declines or even extinctions of amphibian species in western North America, Central America, South America, eastern Australia, and Dominica and Montserrat in the Caribbean.
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