White-Nose Syndrome Fungus (Geomyces destructans) in Bats, Europe
, Andreas Kurth, David Hellmann, Manfred Weishaar, Alex Barlow, Michael Veith, Julia Prüger, Tamás Görföl, Lena Grosche, Fabio Bontadina, Ulrich Zöphel, Hans-Peter Seidl, Paul M. Cryan, and David S. Blehert
Author affiliations: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany (G. Wibbelt); Robert Koch Institute, Berlin (A. Kurth); University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany (D. Hellmann); Bat Conservation Working Group, Gusterath, Germany (M. Weishaar); Veterinary Laboratory Agency, Somerset, UK (A. Barlow); Trier University, Trier, Germany (M. Veith); Coordination Agency for Bat Protection in Thuringia, Erfurt, Germany (J. Prüger); Nature Conservation Foundation of Tolna County, Szekszárd, Hungary (T. Görföl); Echolot GbR, Münster, Germany (L. Grosche); SWILD–Urban Ecology and Wildlife Research, Zurich, Switzerland (F. Bontadina); Saxonian State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dresden-Pillnitz, Germany (U. Zöphel); Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany (H.-P. Seidl); US Geological Survey, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (P.M. Cryan); US Geological Survey, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (D.S. Blehert)
Figure 1. A) Greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) with white fungal growth around its muzzle, ears, and wing membranes (photograph provided by Tamás Görföl). B) Scanning electron micrograph of a bat hair colonized by Geomyces destructans. Scale bar = 10 µm.
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