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DAO 135:151-156 (2019)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03388

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Fatal Photobacterium damselae-induced enteritis in a leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Arturo Oliver-Guimerá1, María Lourdes Abarca2,3, María Cuvertoret-Sanz4, Mariano Domingo2,4,5,*

1Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, California 95616, USA
2Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, 08193, Spain
3Veterinary Mycology Group, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, 08193, Spain
4Servei de Diagnòstic de Patologia Veterinària, Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
5Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA), IRTA, Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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ABSTRACT: Stranded leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea complete pathology reports are rare, and the cause of mortality is difficult to determine in many cases. We conducted a complete pathological study of a stranded leatherback turtle from the western Mediterranean. The main finding was a fibrino-necrotizing enteritis with associated bacteria which were identified as Photobacterium damselae subsp. damselae according to biochemical and phenotypical characteristics. This report provides evidence of the pathogenic effect of this bacterium in wild sea turtles.


KEY WORDS: Photobacterium damselae · Dermochelys coriacea · Necrotizing enteritis · Intestinal bacteria · Vibrionaceae · Stranded animal


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Cite this article as: Oliver-Guimerá A, Lourdes Abarca M, Cuvertoret-Sanz M, Domingo M (2019) Fatal Photobacterium damselae-induced enteritis in a leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea. Dis Aquat Org 135:151-156. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03388

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