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Mucocutaneous fungal disease in tadpoles of Bufo marinus in Australia

Berger, L. and Speare, R. and Thomas, A. and Hyatt, A. (2001) Mucocutaneous fungal disease in tadpoles of Bufo marinus in Australia. Journal of Herpetology, 35 (2). pp. 330-335.

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Abstract

The occurrence of mucocutaneous fungal infection in tadpoles of B. marinus in 2 separate outbreaks in ponds in north Queensland, Australia is reported. The first outbreak occurred in 1989, while the second in September 1995. Hyphal fungi grew in tuffs attached to the nostrils, mouthparts, skin of the head, and also occasionally on the hind legs and tails. Several fungi were isolated, with Aphanomyces sp. a likely pathogen.
Starvation was likely because the infection primarily attacked the mouth, and could have prevented the tadpoles from eating. Infected tadpoles were less mature than healthy ones, suggesting that this was a disease of young tadpoles or the disease may have slowed their development.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website
Keywords:Head; histopathology; legs; mouthparts; mycoses; nose; outbreaks; skin; skin lesions; tail; Aphanomyces; Bufo marinus; tadpoles; fungi; Australia; Queensland.
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Veterinary mycology
Deposited On:30 Mar 2004
Last Modified:08 Sep 2010 03:57

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