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Detection of Breinlia sp. (Nematoda) in the Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)

Chloe Steventon, Anson V Koehler, Elizabeth Dobson, Leanne Wicker, Alistair R Legione, Joanne M Devlin, Dan Harley, Robin B Gasser



The Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) is a critically endangered marsupial in south-eastern Australia. Among other conservation efforts, free-ranging animals in the two remaining geographically separate populations (highland and lowland) have been extensively studied; however, little is known about their health and mortality. Although some wild populations are frequently monitored, cadavers are rarely recovered for post mortem examination. In June 2019, a recently deceased, wild, adult male lowland Leadbeater's possum was collected from a nest box and a comprehensive post mortem examination was conducted. Microfilariae of a filarioid nematode were observed in testes, liver, lun..

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Funding Acknowledgements

C.S. is supported by a Zoos Victoria Scholarship and the Ernest Stewart Memorial Research Grant from the University of Melbourne. The authors thank the Histopathology Department at the Australian Clinical Laboratories for cytology and for histology slide preparation, DrDavid Spratt for constructive comments and suggestions on the manu-script and Dr Andrew Stent for assistance with access to histopathology records at the Melbourne Veterinary School. This study was partially supported by a grant from the Australian Research Council (to RBG and AVK) . The authors wish to acknowledge Zoos Victoria and the field team, including Arabella Eyre and Vivianna Miritis.