A case of malignant melanoma in the conjunctiva of the eyelid of a captive 13-yr-old female fallow deer (Dama dama) was studied. The black tumor that protruded to the palpebral conjunctiva of the right lower eyelid consisted of an infiltrative growth of melanin-containing neoplastic cells with marked cytological atypia. The tumor involved the conjunctiva of the right lower eyelid and infiltrated to the conjunctival epithelial layer, but did not reach the palpebral skin. Numerous mitotic figures and lymphatic invasions were observed. This is a very rare case of a malignant melanoma arising from the palpebral conjunctiva in a wild ruminant.
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