Killer Parasite Puts Rare Frogs in Peril

May 26, 2012
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - Australia- The most vulnerable frogs in NSW are being ravaged by a deadly parasite.

Two strains of the myxosporean parasite were linked last year to rapidly declining frog numbers. Now, research from Taronga Zoo and the University of Sydney has revealed the disease hits endangered frogs hardest, but frogs raised in the zoo do not develop the parasites.

The parasites infect frogs’ livers and brains, especially at the tadpole stage, and can make them less mobile and vulnerable to predators, or stop them metamorphosing into adults.

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