Throughout 2016 and 2017 the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group (CPARG) has been monitoring a population of the non-native midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans). As a part of this programme, the animals encountered were swabbed for the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) which has been associated with the decline of amphibian species globally. Recently, the results from the first batch of these swabs were received from the Institute of Zoology at London Zoo, who analysed the samples. Thankfully, we are pleased to report that all the samples came back negative for both B. dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans. Although these preliminary results can be celebrated, the animals tested only represent a small proportion of the current population. Further testing of swabs from other individuals will help to build a better picture of the disease dynamics of the species.
CPARG would like to thank the ARG UK 100% fund for a small grant which made it possible to have the swabs analysed at IoZ.