Frogs and fungus

Returning again to the happy topic of molds, spores, mushrooms and algae

These days it’s good to be a fungus and bad to be a frog. Seems that the Chytrid Fungus is on a rampage, and it’s killing the world’s frog population. The infection of amphibians by this fungus was first observed in 1998; nobody seems entirely sure how it works, but it may asphixiate the frogs by clogging their pores.

This bodes ill for the newly discovered, poisonous golden frog of Supata, which is known to live only in a very small area of Columbia, South America. As well as the Panamanian golden frog and many other species.

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