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dc.contributor.authorKinney, Vanessa C.
dc.contributor.authorHeemeyer, Jennifer L.
dc.contributor.authorPessier, Allan P.
dc.contributor.authorLannoo, Michael J.
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T00:30:42Z
dc.date.available2021-02-10T00:30:42Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0016708
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12634/860
dc.descriptionTo fully comprehend chytridiomycosis, the amphibian disease caused by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), it is essential to understand how Bd affects amphibians throughout their remarkable range of life histories. Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) are a typical North American pond-breeding species that forms explosive spring breeding aggregations in seasonal and semipermanent wetlands. But unlike most species, when not breeding Crawfish Frogs usually live singly—in nearly total isolation from conspecifics—and obligately in burrows dug by crayfish. Crayfish burrows penetrate the water table, and therefore offer Crawfish Frogs a second, permanent aquatic habitat when not breeding. Over the course of two years we sampled for the presence of Bd in Crawfish Frog adults. Sampling was conducted seasonally, as animals moved from post-winter emergence through breeding migrations, then back into upland burrow habitats. During our study, 53% of Crawfish Frog breeding adults tested positive for Bd in at least one sample; 27% entered breeding wetlands Bd positive; 46% exited wetlands Bd positive. Five emigrating Crawfish Frogs (12%) developed chytridiomycosis and died. In contrast, all 25 adult frogs sampled while occupying upland crayfish burrows during the summer tested Bd negative. One percent of postmetamorphic juveniles sampled were Bd positive. Zoospore equivalents/swab ranged from 0.8 to 24,436; five out of eight frogs with zoospore equivalents near or >10,000 are known to have died. In summary, Bd infection rates in Crawfish Frog populations ratchet up from near zero during the summer to over 25% following overwintering; rates then nearly double again during and just after breeding—when mortality occurs—before the infection wanes during the summer. Bd-negative postmetamorphic juveniles may not be exposed again to this pathogen until they take up residence in crayfish burrows, or until their first breeding, some years later.
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dc.relation.urlhttps://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0016708
dc.rights© 2011 Kinney et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
dc.subjectAMPHIBIANS
dc.subjectINFECTION
dc.subjectDEATH
dc.subjectLONGEVITY
dc.subjectFUNGI
dc.subjectLIFE CYCLE
dc.subjectFROGS
dc.subjectBREEDING
dc.subjectWETLANDS
dc.subjectSOCIAL BEHAVIOR
dc.subjectRESEARCH
dc.subjectDISEASES
dc.subjectHABITATS
dc.titleSeasonal pattern of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection and mortality in Lithobates areolatus: Affirmation of Vredenburg's “10,000 Zoospore Rule”
dc.typeArticle
dc.source.journaltitlePLoS ONE
dc.source.volume6
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpagee16708
refterms.dateFOA2021-02-10T01:28:28Z


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© 2011 Kinney et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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