DAO prepress abstract  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03388

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

Arturo Oliver-Guimerá, María Lourdes Abarca, María Cuvertoret-Sanz, Mariano Domingo*

*Email: mariano.domingo@uab.cat

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 their biochemical and phenotypical characteristics. This report provides evidence of the pathogenic effect of this bacterium in wild sea turtles.