DAO 85:7-14 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02060

Ranavirus in wild edible frogs Pelophylax kl. esculentus in Denmark

Ellen Ariel1,7,*, Jos Kielgast2, Hans Erik Svart3, Knud Larsen4, Hannele Tapiovaara5, Britt Bang Jensen1,6, Riikka Holopainen5

1National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Hangøvej 2, 8200 Århus N, Denmark
2Department of Biology, Section for Microbiology and Evolution, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15,
2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
3Danish Forest and Nature Agency, Haraldsgade 53, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
4Council of Slagelse, Dahlsvej 3, Korsør 4220, Denmark
5Department of Veterinary Virology, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Mustialankatu 3, Helsinki, Finland
6Department of Large Animal Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Grønnegårdsvej 8,
1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
7Present address: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, James Cook University, Douglas Campus, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia

ABSTRACT: A survey for the amphibian pathogens ranavirus and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) was conducted in Denmark during August and September 2008. The public was encouraged via the media to register unusual mortalities in a web-based survey. All members of the public that registered cases were interviewed by phone and 10 cases were examined on suspicion of disease-induced mortality. All samples were negative for Bd. Ranavirus was isolated from 2 samples of recently dead frogs collected during a mass mortality event in an artificial pond near Slagelse, Denmark. The identity of the virus was confirmed by immunofluorescent antibody test. Sequencing of the major capsid protein gene showed the isolate had more than 97.3% nucleotide homology to 6 other ranaviruses.

KEY WORDS: Ranavirus · Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis · Rana kl. esculenta · Pelophylax kl. esculentus · Amphibian declines · Survey · Frogs · Amphibians

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Cite this article as: Ariel E, Kielgast J, Svart HE, Larsen K, Tapiovaara H, Bang Jensen B, Holopainen R (2009) Ranavirus in wild edible frogs Pelophylax kl. esculentus in Denmark. Dis Aquat Org 85:7-14. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02060

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