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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 39.1 (2016) Pages: 1-10

Diversity of Andean amphibians of the Tamá National Natural Park in Colombia: a survey for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Acevedo, A. A., Franco, R., Carrero, D. A.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2016.39.0001

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Abstract

Changes in diversity and possible decreases in populations of amphibians have not yet been determined in many areas in the Andes. This study aimed to develop an inventory of the biodiversity of amphibians in the Andean areas of the Tamá National Natural Park (Tamá NNP) and to evaluate the patterns of infection by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in preserved and degraded areas. We performed samplings focused on three habitats (forest, open areas and streams) in four localities from 2,000 to 3,200  m in altitude. Fourteen species were recorded, 12 of which were positive for Bd. A total of 541 individuals were diagnosed and 100 were positive. Our analyses showed that preserved areas play an important role in keeping many individuals Bd–free as compared to those in degraded areas. This was the first study to evaluate diversity and infection by Bd in the northeast region of Colombia. Our findings may help improve our knowledge of the diversity of amphibian species in the area and facilitate the implementation of action plans to mitigate the causes associated with the decrease in amphibian populations.

Keywords

Amphibians, Conservation, Chytridiomycosis, Diversity, Protected natural areas

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Acevedo, A. A., Franco, R., Carrero, D. A., 2016. Diversity of Andean amphibians of the Tamá National Natural Park in Colombia: a survey for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 39: 1-10, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2016.39.0001

Reception date:

24/04/2014

Acceptation date:

15/10/2015

Publication date:

21/01/2016

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