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Atelopus zeteki

Amphibian News
In addition to humans, amphibians also benefit from probiotics. Certain bacteria in the skin microbiome of frogs inhibit infection by the chytrid fungus Bd, a deadly skin pathogen. This suggests a strategy that would allow re-introduction of a virtually extinct species, but, the solution is not simple. Becker et al. (2015) showed that in the Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki), application of bacteria that inhibit Bd in vitro did not do so in vivo. Survival was correlated instead with the composition of the pre-existing skin bacterial community. This indicates that information about the skin microbiome in natural populations may be useful for predicting susceptibility.

Current number of amphibian species: 7,405 (Apr 19, 2015) Newly added species