Journal article

Pathology of mucormycosis of cane toads in Australia

R Speare, L Berger, P OShea, PW Ladds, AD Thomas

JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE DISEASES | WILDLIFE DISEASE ASSN, INC | Published : 1997

Abstract

The gross and microscopic pathology of a fungal septicaemia caused by the zygomycete. Mucor amphibiorum in 27 free-ranging cane toads, Bufo marinus, in Australia is described. Seven of the 27 toads had clinical signs of illness when discovered and five of these seven were moribund. Multiple granulomas were found in many organs, and in massive infections granulomas tended to coalesce. Liver, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder, heart and lung were most commonly involved, but granulomas also occurred in subcutaneous lymph spaces, skin, gastro-intestinal tract, voluntary muscle, bone, cranial cavity and the oral cavity. Single lesions appeared grossly as a lemon coloured nodule < or = 5 mm in diam..

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