Mycoplasma species isolated from harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and a sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) stranded in Scottish waters

G Foster, L McAuliffe, MP Dagleish, J Barley, F Howie, RAJ Nicholas, RD Ayling

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Abstract

Mycoplasma species were recovered from 10 cetacean carcasses that stranded around Scotland. Mycoplasma phocicerebrale was isolated from the lungs of three harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) as well as from the liver of one of these animals. Novel Mycoplasma spp. were isolated from the lungs of five additional harbor porpoises and the kidney of another. In addition an isolate closely related to Mycoplasma species 13CL was obtained from the kidney of a Sowerby’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens). The role of these Mycoplasma species in the disease of cetaceans, their host specificity, diversity, and any relation to cetacean strandings are unknown.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206 - 211
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume47(1)
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 2011

Bibliographical note

566901
AA115

Keywords

  • Harbor porpoise
  • Mycoplasma
  • Mycoplasma phocicerebrale
  • Necropsy
  • Sowerby’s beaked whale

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