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In what may be the greatest disease-driven loss of biodiversity in recorded history, hundreds of frog species around the world are facing extinction.
Frogs in the western United States are threatened, and Australia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have been especially hard hit. Central American countries such as Panama are suffering a catastrophic decline.
The villain is a rather extraordinary fungus, an amphibian version of a case of athlete's foot from hell, with an impossible name, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which scientists call "Bd," a virulent, lethal fungus that has spread around the globe.
The little victims? Their pores clog, and they die of a heart attack. - The Independent
Human disruption of the ecosystem of the earth has prompted massive changes, including displacement of organisms that now become predators or parasites. What frogs need: more land. Land = time, and greater numbers with which to resist plagues.