Comment on “Amphibian Fungal Panzootic Causes Catastrophic and Ongoing Loss of Biodiversity”
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Scheele et al. bring needed attention to the effects of amphibian infectious disease. However, the data and methods implicating the disease chytridiomycosis in 501 amphibian species declines are deficient. Which species are affected, and how many, remains a critical unanswered question. Amphibians are imperiled; protective actions require public support and robust science.
Lambert, M.R.†, Womack, M.C.†, Byrne, A.Q., Hernández-Gómez, O., Noss, C.F., Rothstein, A.P., ... & Nanjappa, P. 2020. Comment on “Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity”. Science, 367(6484).