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Any of various usually aquatic and often parasitic or saprophytic fungi in the division Chytridiomycota, having flagellated gametes. The parasitic chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is thought to be responsible for a worldwide decline in amphibian populations.

[From New Latin Chytridium, type genus of the division, from Greek khutridion, little pot (the genus being so called after the potlike structure containing the unreleased spores of the fungi), diminutive of khutris, khutrid-, pot, diminutive of khutrā, pot; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Plants) any aquatic fungus of the phylum Chytridiomycota. Some species, esp Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, are fatal to amphibians
[C20: from Greek khutridion little pot]
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(ˈkaɪ trɪd, ˈkɪ-)

any of the aquatic or soil fungi of the class Chytridiomycetes, having flagellated zoospores.
[< New Latin Chytridiales <Chytridi(um) a genus (< Greek chytrídion, diminutive of chýtra pipkin)]
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On further investigation I came across an example, research demonstrating that the same species of amphibian chytrid fungus found on skin swabs of two species of corroboree frogs in the Australian Alps was believed to be responsible for the amphibians' declining populations (Hunter et al.
Scientists have identified chytrid, a fast-killing fungus that may spread in waves, as responsible for wiping out frogs around the world.
Eight ponds exhibited signs of FV3 infection (range 0%-63% prevalence); 6 ponds contained frogs infected with the amphibian chytrid (range 0%-36% prevalence).
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), also known as Chytrid fungus, is believed responsible for world-wide amphibian decline.
We are already working on another front of animal health with the emergence of Batracochytrium dendrobatidis, commonly called chytrid fungus.
Years ago, scientists found that chytrid fungus (Batrachozchytrium dendrobatidis) had infected many dead frogs found in tropical regions (SN: 2/26/00, p.
In the late 1990s a novel pathogen, the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), was discovered (Berger et al.
Bd is called a chytrid fungus from the Greek chytridium, meaning "little pot" because small blisters filled with sperm-like, flagellated zoospores form in the skin of infected frogs.
Then there's the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytridium dendrobatidis).
A decade after the extinction of golden toads (Bufo periglenes), scientists discovered a new species of pathogenic chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
We screened all samples for chytrid fungus with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the ITS-1/5.8S ribosomal DNA region of B.
An ongoing effort to test old museum specimens for the newly identified chytrid pathogens has turned up signs of outbreaks in Colorado and California in the 1970s, scientists said last week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.