Definition of chytrid
: any simple, microscopic, aquatic fungus (phylum Chytridiomycota) that does not typically form mycelium, that bears motile spores with a single posterior flagellum, and that is either saprophytic on decaying organic matter or parasitic especially on algae, higher plants, and the skin of amphibians (as in chytridiomycosis)
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Between 2008 and 2010, as chytrid was killing off the amphibians, the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project rescued a population of breeding animals and held them captive for their own safety.
Kolby will focus on trying to rescue three, all of which are under heavy assault from chytrid.
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Origin and Etymology of chytrid
probably taken as singular of German Chytriden, variant of Chytridien, plural of Chytridium, genus name, borrowed from New Latin
First Known Use: 1904See Words from the same year
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