11 May 2018
Vol 360, Issue 6389

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COVER Fire-bellied toads, Bombina orientalis, originate from the Korean peninsula. This species entered the expanding pet trade in the 20th century, carrying with it the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Whole-genome sequencing reveals that East Asia is a hotspot of genetic diversity for this chytrid fungus. Subsequently, hypervirulent lineages of the fungus have emerged and caused mass decline in wild amphibian species the world over. See pages 604 and 621.
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