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

A. Oliver-Guimerá, M.L. Abarca, M. Cuvertoret-Sanz, M. Domingo

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Abstract

© Inter-Research 2019. 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 biochemical and phenotypical charac - teristics. This report provides evidence of the pathogenic effect of this bacterium in wild sea turtles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
JournalDiseases of Aquatic Organisms
Volume135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Dermochelys coriacea
  • Intestinal bacteria
  • Necrotizing enteritis
  • Photobacterium damselae
  • Stranded animal
  • Vibrionaceae

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