, Volume 106, Issue 2, pp 95–101 | Cite as

Keratinophilic fungi on sheep hairs from the West Bank of Jordan

  • M. S. Ali-Shtayeh
  • H. M. Arda
  • M. Hassouna
  • S. F. Shaheen


The mycoflora of the hair in 285 sheep from the West Bank of Jordan was analysed and the frequency of occurrence and the relative importance value for different fungal species found were calculated. Ninenty six species which belong to 36 genera were isolated. Forty one of these species were either well-known agents of animal and human mycoses (Trichophyton verrucosum, T. mentagrophytes, Microsporum nanum, M. canis, and others), or have been isolated from human and animal lesions (Arthroderma cuniculi, A. curreyi, Chrysosporium tropicum, Acremonium kiliense, Aphanoascus fulvuscens, Aspergillus versicolor, Paecilomyces lilacinus, Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, and others). These pathogenic fungi comprised 75.4% of all fungi recovered from the hair of sheep. This animal seems to represent an adequate reservoir for several dermatophytes and several potentially pathogenic fungi.

Key words

keratinophilic fungi dermatophytes epidemiology sheep 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Ali-Shtayeh
    • 1
  • H. M. Arda
    • 2
  • M. Hassouna
    • 3
  • S. F. Shaheen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesAn-Najah UniversityNablus, West Bank of Jordan
  2. 2.Arda Dermatology ClinicNablus
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary ServicesNablus
  4. 4.Department of Public HealthNablusVia Israel

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