The pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) has been associated with amphibian declines worldwide but has not been well-studied among Critically Endangered amphibian species in Bolivia. We sampled free-living marbled water frogs Telmatobius marmoratus (Anura: Leptodactylidae) from Isla del Sol, Bolivia, for Bd using skin swabs and quantitative polymerase chain reactions. We detected Bd on 44% of T. marmoratus sampled. This is the first record of Bd in amphibians from waters associated with Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. These results further confirm the presence of Bd in Bolivia and substantiate the potential threat of this pathogen to the Critically Endangered, sympatric Titicaca water frog T. culeus and other Andean amphibians.
Cossel, J. Jr.; Lindquist, Erik D.; Craig, H.; and Luthman, K., "Pathogenic Fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis in Marbled Water Frog Telmatobius Marmoratus: First Record From Lake Titicaca, Bolivia" (2014). Biology Educator Scholarship. 78.