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1 January 2008 Infection of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) with Ichthyophonus-like Organisms in Virginia
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Ichthyophonus-like organisms were found in two free-ranging adult spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) captured within two different vernal ponds in the Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences in Charles City County, Virginia. Histopathologic examination of necropsied specimens revealed large spores, often enclosed by granulomas. These enclosed spores resembled those caused by the fish pathogen Ichthyophonus hoeferi. One salamander displayed an externally visible large swelling beneath the jaws. The other lacked macroscopic abnormalities, but histologic sections of ventral muscle revealed early-stage Ichthyophonus-like organisms and minimal granulomatous reactions. This is the first report of Ichthyophonus-like infection of Ambystoma maculatum in Virginia.

Ware, Viverette, Kleopfer, Pletcher, Massey, and Wright: Infection of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) with Ichthyophonus-like Organisms in Virginia
Joy L. Ware, Cathy Viverette, John D. Kleopfer, Leeanna Pletcher, Davis Massey, and Anne Wright "Infection of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) with Ichthyophonus-like Organisms in Virginia," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(1), (1 January 2008). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-44.1.174
Received: 16 July 2007; Published: 1 January 2008
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