Extinction in Our Times Global Amphibian Decline
by James Collins

Pages: 296
Publisher: --
Edition: 1st., 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0195316940


The amphibian decline phenomenon has been a bit of a scientifi c puzzle. In lucid prose accessible to anyone, this volume does a superlative job of laying it out in all its complexity. Clearly, there are multiple and interacting
factors, but an amphibian chytrid fungus is a dominant player, wiping out populations almost as rapidly as influenza virus spreading through a subway car. That is notable, because ecologists and paleontologists rarely think of pathogens as a cause of extinction. In this respect alone, the decline of some modern amphibian species to extinction is worth our attention—and a lot of research—to understand why it is happening in amphibians and what other species might be at similar risk.

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