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Default Fatal chytrid fungus found in caecilians

This is really bad news. New research shows that chytrid fungus now infects all the major groups of amphibians and means that scientists now need to consider it as a potential threat to caecilians in the wild.

Because most species of caecilians live buried in the soil, they are rarely studied and very little is known about most of them. As a result, more than two thirds of caecilian species are 'Data Deficient' on the IUCN Red List because there is too little information to know if they are threatened or not. The last thing we need is massive species loss due to chytrid.

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