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What is chytrid fungus?

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First discovered as the cause of widespread disease in Queensland, Australia, chytrid fungus is an asexual fungus responsible for a particularly deadly infectious disease in amphibians. Chytridiomycosis is thought to be the major cause of a global decline in amphibian populations.

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Signs of infection include anorexia, lethargy, slow movement, excessive shedding of the skin and thickening of the skin. This skin thickening often leads to death because the amphibian is unable to take in nutrients, expel toxins or breathe. The disease causes a large number of deaths in some areas, while other geographical locations see little or no decline in the number of amphibians.

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