Detection of the emerging amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and ranavirus in Russia

Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
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Abstract

In a population of the European common toad Bufo bufo from a rural pond in the region of Lake Glubokoe Regional Reserve in Moscow province, Russia, unexplained mass mortality events involving larvae and metamorphs have been observed over a monitoring period of >20 yr. We tested toads from this and a nearby site for the emerging amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and ranavirus (Rv). Both pathogens were detected, and at the rural pond site, with the above-noted losses and decline in toad breeding success, 40% of B. bufo metamorphs were Bd positive, 46% were Rv positive and 20% were co-infected with both pathogens. Toad metamorphs from a neighbouring water body were also Bd and Rv positive (25 and 55%, respectively). This is the first confirmation of these pathogens in Russia. Questions remain as to the origins of these pathogens in Russia and their roles in documented mass mortality events.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Detection of the emerging amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and ranavirus in Russia
Series title Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
DOI 10.3354/dao02757
Volume 110
Issue 3
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Inter-Research Science Center
Contributing office(s) Oregon Water Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 235
Last page 240
Country Russia
Other Geospatial Lake Glubokoe Regional Reserve
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