DAO 32:1-8 (1998) - doi:10.3354/dao032001
Giant toads Bufo marinus in Australia and Venezuela have antibodies against 'ranaviruses'
Z. Zupanovic1, G. Lopez2, A. D. Hyatt1,*, B. Green3, G. Bartran3, H. Parkes1, R. J. Whittington4, R. Speare5
A serological survey was conducted for antibodies against 'ranaviruses' in the giant toad Bufo marinus in Australia and Venezuela. Sera containing antibodies against 'ranaviruses' were found in both countries. In Australia positive antibodies were identified in populations throughout most of the known range of B. marinus. Results were confirmed by immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy where a characteristic staining pattern of 'ranaviruses' in infected cells was observed. Whilst a 'ranavirus(es)' has been isolated from populations of B. marinus in Venezuela, no virus has been isolated from Australian B. marinus populations. The significance of 'ranavirus' sero-positive B. marinus in Australia is discussed.
Giant toads · Bufo marinus · Australia · Venezuela · Ranaviruses
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