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The role of non-declining amphibian species as alternative hosts for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in an amphibian community

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Michelle P. Stockwell, Deborah S. Bower, John Clulow, Michael J. Mahony - Volume 43(4) Pathogens with reservoir hosts have been responsible for many disease-induced wildlife extinctions. This study investigated whether the green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea), a threatened species highly susceptible to infection by the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), co-occurred with reservoirs hosts and identified four species carrying infection in the absence of signs of disease. The existence of reservoir hosts in this system must therefore be considered in future threat mitigation and conservation efforts.