Recent headlines highlight the alarming rate at which species are being forced into extinction, and amphibians are particularly vulnerable. Up to 41% of frog, toad, newt, salamander, caecilian, and other amphibian species are listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered, and although habitat loss and other factors play a role in these extinctions and near-extinctions, it is now clear that a pathogenic fungus is responsible for the threatened state of many amphibian species. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, often called chytrid fungus or Bd, causes chytridiomycosis, a disease that strikes entire populations, causing widespread declines that can eventually lead to extinction. Leer más.