DAO 86:77-80 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02097

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Occurrence of cloacal prolapse in wild hylids in the Wet Tropics, Australia

A. D. Phillott1,2,*, S. Young2,3

1School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
2Amphibian Disease Ecology Group, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
3School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia

ABSTRACT: The idiopathic syndrome of cloacal prolapse was observed in the frog Litoria rheocola at 2 sites in the Wet Tropics of Australia; 1 of 365 individuals (0.3%) at Tully Gorge National Park and 5 of 92 individuals (5.4%) at Murray Upper National Park. The condition appeared to have resolved spontaneously with no clinical complications in 2 individuals at successive captures 14 and 155 d later. It was not observed in the sympatric frogs L. genimaculata (n = 206), L. nannotis (n = 357) or Nyctimystes dayi (n = 304) at either location. The underlying cause was not conclusively determined.


KEY WORDS: Hylid · Cloacal prolapse · Diet


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Cite this article as: Phillott AD, Young S (2009) Occurrence of cloacal prolapse in wild hylids in the Wet Tropics, Australia. Dis Aquat Org 86:77-80. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02097

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