What is allowing the chytrid fungus to cause so much damage to amphibians? Is it environmental?



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    The greatest reason why the chytrid fungus is causing so much damage to amphibians, is because amphibians have permeable skin, meaning it is moist and water can flow into their body through their skin.  They ‘drink’ water and absorb important minerals this way.  The Bd fungus (a form of chytrid fungus) is unique and specific to amphibians.  It attaches itself to the outer layer of the amphibian and creates over activity in skin production, creating a much thicker and resistant skin layer.  The effects of this fungus eventually stop the heart of the amphibian and subsequently cause it’s death.  


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