Evaluating the probability of avoiding disease-related extinctions of Panamanian amphibians through captive breeding programs
B. Gratwicke, H. Ross, A. Batista, G. Chaves, A. J. Crawford, L. Elizondo, A. Estrada, M. Evans, D. Garelle, J. Guerrel, A. Hertz, M. Hughey, C. A. Jaramillo, B. Klocke, M. Mandica, D. Medina, C. L. Richards-Zawacki, M. J. Ryan, A. Sosa-Bartuano, J. Voyles, B. Walker, D. C. Woodhams and R. Ibáñez
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/acv.12249
We surveyed amphibian experts to determine the probability of avoiding chytridiomycosis-related extinctions of Panamanian species using captive breeding programs. We found that the following species already represented in captive collections had the highest chances of avoiding extinction: Atelopus zeteki (top left), A. varius (top middle), A. limosus (top right), A. certus (second row left), A. glyphus (second row right), Agalychnis lemur, (third row left) Hemiphractus fasciatus (third row right), Gastrotheca cornuta (bottom left) and Anotheca spinosa (bottom right). Other species that experts predicted were highly susceptible to chytridiomycosis that might also benefit from ex situ management include Craugastor tabasarae, C. azueroensis, C. evanesco, Strabomantis bufoniformis and Colostethus panamansis.