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Rana clamitans

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As humans have changed global biodiversity, infectious diseases have risen and wildlife managers are faced with the question of how to respond to parasite transmission. Rohr et al. (2015) address this issue by conducting wetland surveys, predators-parasite foraging experiments, testing the effect of different predators on parasitic trematode cercariae infection rates of tadpoles, and mathematically modeling infection rates in frogs. They found that predator diversity decreased infection rate and that predators that feed on parasites but not the focal host (non-intraguild predators), were especially effective at keeping trematode densities down. The authors encourage the cooperation of the fields of biocontrol and disease management and further believe that identifying more traits in predators and hosts may help us combat parasite infections.

Current number of amphibian species: 7,402 (Mar 29, 2015) Newly added species