The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.
The 2017/18 impact factor of the Herpetological Journal is 1.268
Authors: Baláž, Vojtech and Kopecký, Oldich and Gvoždík, Václav
Abstract: A fungal pathogen of amphibians, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), was detected in contemporary amphibian populations in the lowlands of the Congo Basin, Cameroon. The proportion of infection was low (1.4%; 1/70), and no clinical symptoms were observed. At a distant mountain site the survey failed to detect Bd. Given the likely origin of Bd on the African continent, the low prevalence and infection intensity could provide evidence for host-pathogen coevolution resulting in a partial resistance. Considering the suitable climate for Bd and the rich amphibian fauna, we suggest that the Cameroonian highlands should be further monitored.
Keywords: CHYTRIDIOMYCOSIS, LOWLAND RAINFORESTS, PHLYCTIMANTIS, AFROMONTANE, XENOPUS, CONGOLIAN