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Amphibian Chytrid Fungus

AMPHIBIAN CHYTRID FUNGUS ( Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis ) Image modified from Wikipedia. Original image by Alex Hyatt (CSIRO)       Hey, this isn't an animal. No matter. This is fine for the following reasons: 1) it's relevant for amphibian conservation, and amphibians are animals; 2) when you look at the diversity of all eukaryotic organisms, fungi and animals are close enough that they might as well be the same thing; 3) I already did one about a plant a while ago so who cares; 4) get off my back Appearance Take a second to picture a fungus. Unless you're a total fucking weirdo, the first thing that came to your mind was probably something like a mushroom, right? That makes sense, because most of the fungi we knowingly interact with on a regular basis are mushrooms (or yeasts, but don't get me started on fucking yeasts). They're big, they're visible, they're recognizable, and importantly, they don't move around a whole lot so you can get a pretty big