Pacific Chorus frog- an amphibian found in the west coast of North America- is spreading a deadly fungal infection which is killing other amphibian species, according to a new study.
Researchers from the San Francisco State University have discovered that chorus frog is spreading a dangerous fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis causes Chytridiomycosis, a highly infectious disease that affects most of the amphibians.
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis attacks the amphibian's skin, making it quite thicker, which disrupts the animal's ability to transport electrolytes and ultimately leads to cardiac arrest and death, according to Live Science.
The fungus is wide spread in North, Central and South America, apart from eastern Australia and some parts of Caribbean.
The disease was discovered when the scientists studied the skin swabs from the chorus frogs that were living at the Sixty Lake Basin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The chorus frogs are not the first to be affected with this disease. The American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, and the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, have also being affected by it.