Quick update on the live frogs we brought back from Cameroon last month. Sonia Ghose, our lab tech in herpetology here at the Academy, has just finished screening the frogs for the fungal pathogen responsible for amphibian declines in many parts of the world. As expected, many of the frogs, especially those from the higher elevation sites, are infected with the fungus. We will begin treating them soon so that these frogs can be integrated into the living collections of the Academy’s Aquarium and this not pose a threat to the other frogs here.
As an aside, this took longer than normal because we took time to search for the right DNA extraction kit so that we can also use the DNA from these samples for a study of the microbial diversity on the frogs skin. This can then be compared to the diversity found in the samples we collected at sites in Cameroon as well as of these same captive frogs one they’ve been here at the Academy for a while.