Journal article

Encephalitozoon hellem Infection in a Captive Juvenile Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni)

TF Scheelings, RF Slocombe, S Crameri, S Hair

Journal of Comparative Pathology | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Microsporidiosis is reported rarely in reptiles and has never been reported in any species of crocodilian. Microsporidiosis was diagnosed histologically in a juvenile captive freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) that was found suddenly dead in its enclosure. Ultrastructural and molecular testing revealed infection to be due to Encephalitozoon hellem. This is the first report of E. hellem infection in any species of reptile.

University of Melbourne Researchers