Data from: Microclimate limits thermal behaviour favourable to disease control in a nocturnal amphibian

Wouter Beukema, Frank Pasmans, Sarah Van Praet, Francisco Ferri-Yáñez, Moira Kelly, Alexandra Laking, Jesse Erens, Jeroen Speybroeck, Kris Verheyen, Luc Lens & An Martel
While epizootics increasingly affect wildlife, it remains poorly understood how the environment shapes most host-pathogen systems. Here, we employ a three-step framework to study microclimate influence on ectotherm host thermal behaviour, focusing on amphibian chytridiomycosis in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) infected with the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). Laboratory trials reveal that innate variation in thermal preference, rather than behavioural fever, can inhibit infection and facilitate salamander recovery under humidity-saturated conditions. Yet, a three-year field...
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