EcoHealth

, 2:307

Evidence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection in Water Frogs of the Rana esculenta Complex in Central Italy

Authors

  • Francesca Simoncelli
    • Dipartimento di Biologia Cellulare e AmbientaleUniversità di Perugia
  • Anna Fagotti
    • Dipartimento di Biologia Cellulare e AmbientaleUniversità di Perugia
  • Raffaele Dall’Olio
    • Istituto Nazionale di Apicoltura
  • Daniela Vagnetti
    • Dipartimento di Biologia Cellulare e AmbientaleUniversità di Perugia
    • Dipartimento di Biologia Cellulare e AmbientaleUniversità di Perugia
  • Ines Di Rosa
    • Dipartimento di Biologia Cellulare e AmbientaleUniversità di Perugia
Original Contributions

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-005-8337-8

Cite this article as:
Simoncelli, F., Fagotti, A., Dall’Olio, R. et al. EcoHealth (2005) 2: 307. doi:10.1007/s10393-005-8337-8

Abstract

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (phylum Chytridiomycota, order Chytridiales) is the causative organism of chytridiomycosis in amphibians, a disease associated with their population decline worldwide. In this work, we report a cutaneous infection in water frogs of the Rana esculenta complex in agricultural areas of Umbria, central Italy. Histological, immunohistochemical, ultrastructural, and molecular analyses demonstrated for the first time the presence of the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in this complex; to date, no association between the presence of chytrid fungal infection and mortality has been found, to our knowledge. However, the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in the water frogs of the Rana esculenta complex is of concern because the frogs could act as a reservoir species and contribute to the decline of less resistant species.

Key words

amphibians Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Rana esculenta agricultural areas

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