Bob­tails un­der threat from virus

Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

“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.

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