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Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 July; 22(7): 1282.
PMCID: PMC4918143

Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans [b[turned e]-trayʹ-koh-kitʺ-ri-um saʺ-la-man-dri-vo’rans]

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Figure) is a recently discovered fungus that kills amphibians. It is related to B. dendrobatidis, which also kills amphibians (from the Greek dendron, “tree,” and bates, “one who climbs,” referring to a genus of poison dart frogs). Batrachochytrium is derived from the Greek words batrachos, “frog,” and chytra, “earthen pot” (describing the structure that contains unreleased zoospores); salamandrivorans is from the Greek salamandra, “salamander,” and Latin vorans, “eating,” which refers to extensive skin destruction and rapid death in infected salamanders.

Basal infection in skin of a fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) characterized by extensive epidermal necrosis, high numbers of intra-epithelial colonial chytrid thalli, and loss of epithelial integrity. Photo by A. Martel and F. Pasmans, courtesy ...


Suggested citation for this article: Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Jul [date cited].


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