Volume 22, Number 7—July 2016
Etymologia: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Figure) is a recently discovered fungus that kills amphibians. It is related toB. dendrobatidis, which also kills amphibians (from the Greek dendron, “tree,” and bates, “one who climbs,” referring to a genus of poison dart frogs). Batrachochytrium is derived from the Greek words batrachos, “frog,” and chytra, “earthen pot” (describing the structure that contains unreleased zoospores); salamandrivorans is from the Greek salamandra, “salamander,” and Latin vorans, “eating,” which refers to extensive skin destruction and rapid death in infected salamanders.