Mycopathologia

, Volume 176, Issue 5–6, pp 403–408

Environmental Isolates of Fungi from Aquarium Pools Housing Killer Whales (Orcinus orca)

  • Erina Kohata
  • Rui Kano
  • Yuichiro Akune
  • Yoshito Ohno
  • Makoto Soichi
  • Tokuma Yanai
  • Atsuhiko Hasegawa
  • Hiroshi Kamata
Article

Abstract

Systemic mycoses in killer whales (Orcinus orca) are rare diseases, but have been reported. Two killer whales died by fungal infections at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium in Japan. In this study, the fungal flora of the pool environment at the aquarium was characterized. Alternaria spp., Aspergillus spp. (A. fumigatus, A. niger, A. versicolor), Fusarium spp. and Penicillium spp. were isolated from the air and the pool surroundings. The other isolates were identified as fungal species non-pathogenic for mammals. However, the species of fungi isolated from the environmental samples in this study were not the same as those isolated from the cases of disease in killer whales previously reported.

Keywords

Aquarium Environment Fungal isolates Killer whales Orcinus orca 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erina Kohata
    • 1
  • Rui Kano
    • 1
  • Yuichiro Akune
    • 2
  • Yoshito Ohno
    • 2
  • Makoto Soichi
    • 2
  • Tokuma Yanai
    • 3
  • Atsuhiko Hasegawa
    • 4
  • Hiroshi Kamata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathobiologyNihon University School of Veterinary MedicineFujisawaJapan
  2. 2.Port of Nogoya Public AquariumMinatoku, NagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary Pathology, Faculty of Applied Biological ScienceGifu UniversityGifuJapan
  4. 4.Teikyo University Institute of Medical MycologyHachiojiJapan

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