Mycopathologia

, Volume 165, Issue 1, pp 21–26

Malassezia spp. in Acoustic Meatus of Bats (Molossus molossus) of the Amazon Region, Brazil

  • Rinaldo Ferreira Gandra
  • Walderez Gambale
  • Rita de Cássia Garcia Simão
  • Luciana da Silva Ruiz
  • Edson Luis Durigon
  • Luiz Marcelo Aranha de Camargo
  • Mauro Cintra Giudice
  • Luis Francisco Sanfilippo
  • Jansen de Araújo
  • Claudete Rodrigues Paula
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11046-007-9079-7

Cite this article as:
Gandra, R.F., Gambale, W., de Cássia Garcia Simão, R. et al. Mycopathologia (2008) 165: 21. doi:10.1007/s11046-007-9079-7

Abstract

The yeasts of the Malassezia genus are opportunistic microorganisms and can cause human and animal infections. They are commonly isolated from the skin and auricular canal of mammalians, mainly dogs and cats. The present study was aimed to isolate Malassezia spp. from the acoustic meatus of bats (Molossus molossus) in the Montenegro region, “Rondônia”, Brazil. From a total of 30 bats studied Malassezia spp. were isolated in 24 (80%) animals, the breakdown by species being as follows (one Malassezia sp. per bat, N = 24): 15 (62.5%) M. pachydermatis, 5 (20.8%) M. furfur, 3 (12.5%) M. globosa and 1 (4.2%) M. sympodialis. This study establishes a new host and anatomic place for Malassezia spp., as it presents the first report ever of the isolation of this genus of yeasts in the acoustic meatus of bats.

Keywords

Amazon regionBatMalassezia spp.Molossus molossus

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinaldo Ferreira Gandra
    • 1
  • Walderez Gambale
    • 2
  • Rita de Cássia Garcia Simão
    • 1
  • Luciana da Silva Ruiz
    • 2
  • Edson Luis Durigon
    • 2
  • Luiz Marcelo Aranha de Camargo
    • 3
  • Mauro Cintra Giudice
    • 2
  • Luis Francisco Sanfilippo
    • 2
  • Jansen de Araújo
    • 2
  • Claudete Rodrigues Paula
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Ciências Médicas e FarmacêuticasUniversidade Estadual do Oeste do ParanáCascavelBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Microbiologia, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Universidade de São PauloSao PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas VUniversidade de São PauloMontenegroBrazil