Amphibians are the most threatened vertebrate class, and the three most serious concerns are climate change, land-use change and the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. An analysis of the interaction of these threats for an almost complete set of amphibian species reveals considerable overlap between the regions at risk from climate change and land-use change. Fungal disease is generally found in different areas, contradicting previous studies linking climate change to disease threats in tropical regions. But worryingly, the areas of greatest species richness are the areas subject to the highest threat.
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