Bobtails under threat from virus
“If this were a more obvious or perhaps charismatic species like a quokka, we would have no doubt seen far greater emphasis on determining the cause and responding.”
The virus has tentatively been named Shingleback nidovirus 1 and shows some similarity to Ball Python nidovirus, which causes respiratory disease in pythons overseas.
Dr O’Dea said research would examine, among other things, how the virus was transmitted, the effect of it on the survival of bobtails in the wild and whether it affected other lizard species and where it occurred.
Researchers have discovered a new flu- like disease affecting bobtail lizards.