Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis was only discovered in 1998.

Two teams of researchers investigating the huge number of frog deaths in Central America and Australia isolated the fungus and discovered that it could have a deadly effect if frogs became infected with it.

It belongs to a family of fungi known as the chytrids (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is also commonly referred to as the chytrid fungus).

Chytrid species are extremely widespread - they are found in the soil and play a key role in the ecosystem, breaking down matter so its nutrients can be released back into the earth.

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is the first chytrid that has been shown to be deadly to vertebrates.

In many amphibians, the fungus can cause a disease called chytridiomycosis.

It infects the animals' skin, causing skin lesions, effectively suffocating them.

It takes between one to two weeks for the frogs to die.

Not all amphibians develop the disease.

Some species can carry and spread the fungus without developing any symptoms.

fungu菌類植物[C]
fungi (fungus的複數)
ecosystem生態系統
vertebrate脊椎動物
amphibian兩棲動物
referred to as被稱為...
symptom徵兆
suffocating令人窒息的;憋氣的

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