[MARMAM] New article on lobomycosis-like disease in bottlenose dolphins in Belize and Mexico

Eric Ramos eric.angel.ramos at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 14:36:10 PDT 2018

My co-authors and I are pleased to announce the recent publication of our
Ramos EA, Castelblanco-Martínez DN, Garcia J, Rojas Arias J and others (2018)
Lobomycosis-like disease in common bottlenose dolphinsTursiops truncatus from
Belize and Mexico: bridging the gap between the Americas. Diseases of Aquatic
Organisms 128:1-12.https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03206
AbstractLobomycosis and lobomycosis-like diseases (LLD) (also:
paracoccidioidomycosis) are chronic cutaneous infections that affect Delphinidae
in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.In the Americas, these diseases
have been relatively well-described, but gaps still exist in our understanding
of their distribution across the continent. Here we report on LLD affecting
inshore bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus  from the Caribbean waters of
Belize and from the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean off the southwestern coast of
Mexico. Photo-identification and catalog data gathered between 1992 and 2017 for
371 and 41 individuals, respectively from Belize and Mexico, were examined for
the presence of LLD. In Belize, 5 free-ranging and 1 stranded dolphin were found
positive in at least 3 communities with the highest prevalence in the south. In
Guerrero, Mexico, 4 inshore bottlenose dolphins sighted in 2014−2017 were
affected by LLD. These data highlight the need for histological and molecular
studies to confirm the etiological agent. Additionally, we document a single
case of LLD in an adult Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis in southern
Belize, the first report in this species. The role of environmental and
anthropogenic factors in the occurrence, severity, and epidemiology of LLD in
South and Central America requires further investigation.
Please email me (eric.angel.ramos at gmail.com) for a pdf version of the article or
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Eric Angel Ramos, PhD StudentAnimal Behavior & Comparative PsychologyThe
Graduate Center, City University of New YorkMember of IUCN SSC Sirenia
Specialist Group for Mesoamericaeric.angel.ramos at gmail.com
eramos at gradcenter.cuny.edutwitter: @EricAngelRamoscell (US): 1(347) 336-5567cell
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