Animal mycoses

Fungi are serious debilitating pathogens of animals, responsible for a range of diseases including aspergillosis in wild and captive birds, scedosporiosis in dogs, horses, cattle, and seals, and mycotic abortions and dermatomycoses in farm animals. Emerging fungal diseases of animals include fusariosis of sea turtle eggs caused by Fusarium keratoplasticum and Fusarium falciforme, white-nose syndrome in bats caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans, and chytridiomycosis, a lethal epizootic disease of amphibians which is thought to have contributed to the extinction of over two hundred species of frogs, toads, and salamanders and the population declines of many more.

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Selected images courtesy of Y. E. Amatnieks (Fun with Microbiology).