Alien Smooth Newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) in Australia Are Infected with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis but Test Negative for Ranaviruses

Jessica Whinfield, Reid Tingley, Alison Tweedie, Jasmin Hufschmid, Paul Hick

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Smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) established recently in Melbourne, Australia. Previously, the population's disease status was unknown. Samples from 34 adults and 78 larvae, collected 2011-16, were tested for two pathogens driving the global amphibian extinction crisis. The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis was identified (6.3% quantitative PCR positive); ranaviruses were not detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-250
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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