Deadly Fungus Has Decimated More Than 500 Amphibian Species | Care2 Causes

While it was previously estimated that this disease had led to the decline of 200 amphibian species around the world, a new study conducted by an international team of amphibian experts puts that number at over 500, of which 90 are now extinct …and while it’s a shocking number, it’s still considered to be a conservative estimate because scientists don’t have a lot of data on species that live in remote regions. It also may have caused losses in the past that weren’t accounted for, and there are still more species out there that haven’t been discovered yet.

The Atlantic’s Ed Yong puts the scale of the loss they’ve experienced over just the last 50 years into perspective writing, “Imagine if a new disease started wiping out 6.5 percent of all mammal species—that would be roughly everything with hooves and everything with flippers. The world would freak out.”

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