Volume 22, Number 7—July 2016
Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
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|EID||Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016;22(7):1282. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2207.et2207|
|AMA||Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2016;22(7):1282. doi:10.3201/eid2207.et2207.|
|APA||(2016). Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 22(7), 1282. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2207.et2207.|
Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Figure) is a recently discovered fungus that kills amphibians. It is related to B. dendrobatidis, which also kills amphibians (from the Greek dendron, “tree,” and bates, “one who climbs,” referring to a genus of poison dart frogs). Batrachochytrium is derived from the Greek words batrachos, “frog,” and chytra, “earthen pot” (describing the structure that contains unreleased zoospores); salamandrivorans is from the Greek salamandra, “salamander,” and Latin vorans, “eating,” which refers to extensive skin destruction and rapid death in infected salamanders.
- Longcore JE, Pessier AP, Nichols DK. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis gen. et sp. nov., a chytrid pathogenic to amphibians. Mycologia. 1999;91:219–27.
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