Corneal Fibropapillomatosis in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Australia.

Flint, M., Limpus, C. J., Patterson-Kane, J. C., Murray, P. J. and Mills, P. C. (2010) Corneal Fibropapillomatosis in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Australia.. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 142 4: 341-346. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2009.10.012

Author Flint, M.
Limpus, C. J.
Patterson-Kane, J. C.
Murray, P. J.
Mills, P. C.
Title Corneal Fibropapillomatosis in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Australia.
Formatted title
Corneal Fibropapillomatosis in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Australia.
Journal name Journal of Comparative Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9975
Publication date 2010-05
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jcpa.2009.10.012
Volume 142
Issue 4
Start page 341
End page 346
Total pages 6
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
0704 Fisheries Sciences
Formatted abstract
Chelonid corneal fibropapillomatosis has not previously been recorded in Australian waters. During 2008, 724 green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were examined in Queensland, Australia at two sites, Moreton Bay (n=155) and Shoalwater Bay (n=569), during annual monitoring. In the same calendar year, 63 turtles were submitted from various sites in southern Queensland for post-mortem examination at the University of Queensland. Four of the 787 animals (0.5%) were found to have corneal fibropapillomas of varying size, with similar gross and microscopical features to those reported in other parts of the world. Two animals with corneal fibropapillomas also had cutaneous fibropapillomas. Clinical assessment indicated that these lesions had detrimental effects on the vision of the turtles and therefore their potential ability to source food, avoid predators and interact with conspecifics. Importantly, these findings represent an emergence of this manifestation of fibropapillomatosis in green sea turtle populations in the southern Pacific Ocean. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Australia
Chelonia mydas
Corneal fibropapillomatosis
Disease emergence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 1 December 2009.

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