Monitoring results of three endangered species over a number of years at eight field sites show a progressive decline in some populations. These studies link to complementary investigations of the prevalence of the amphibian disease Chytridiomycosis.
Monitoring of several endangered frog populations provided evidence that frog declines are continuing and that the process reveals a geographic pattern. For two species that have declined from greater than 80% of their historic range the populations that were closely monitored showed no signs of decline, while others were at a stage where the population is likely to disappear altogether within a few years. As yet there is no management action that is known to reverse amphibian declines.
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