Pathogens

PATHOGENS

IDENTIFICATION TOOLS

The following are pathogens that threaten Nebraska’s native species.
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Chytrid fungus

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

A fungus that infects amphibians in their keratin containing skin layers.

Heterosporosis

Heterosporosis

A parasite that infects and degrades muscle tissue of yellow perch and other fish species. It creates thick sporophorocysts, in which spores develop.

Largemouth Bass Virus

Largemouth Bass Virus

Most bass with LBV will appear completely normal. In some cases, dying fish will be near the surface and have trouble swimming.

Thousand Cankers Disease
of Walnut Trees

Geosmithia morbida

Causes yellowing of leaves and thinning foliage. Then, fungus kills localized areas, causing branch dieback.

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)

Fish will show widespread hemorrhages (bleeding) throughout body surface; eye, skin and fins and also within the internal organs

Whirling Disease

Myxobolus cerebralis

This parasite prevents the fish from foraging for food and evading predators, resulting in death.

White Nose Syndrome

Geomyces destructans

White fungus appears on the muzzle and other body parts of infected bats. Causes skin erosion and abnormal bat behavior leading to death.