Patterns among elevational distribution and prevalence of a fungal pathogen in Andean water frogs (Telmatobius)

    Author Name(s)

    Celena Camarillo
    Benjamin Martinez

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    Rudolf von May


    The Andean water frogs in the genus Telmatobius occupy various elevations (1000-5244 m) and are experiencing an array of threats in South America. In this study, we focus on the wild populations of these amphibians by reviewing the current data on elevational distribution, range and threat status. The data and analyses were acquired from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, and other scientific publications. Our research is focused on over 60 species within Telmatobius, and we found that most of these species faced similar human induced threats as well as the Chytridiomycosis disease caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) fungus. Furthermore, we will discuss how these amphibians with varying threat statuses cope at a range of elevations.



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