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Confirmed cases of snake fungal disease in historical museum specimens

April 21, 2021

Snake fungal disease (SFD) represents a conservation threat to wild snake populations. The disease was reported in North America early in the 21st century, but the history of SFD has not been investigated. We examined museum specimens and confirmed cases of SFD based on clinical signs, histopathologic lesions, and detection of the causative agent Ophidiomyces ophidiicola. The first confirmed cases of SFD in these specimens was >50 years prior to the disease�s reported emergence.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Confirmed cases of snake fungal disease in historical museum specimens
DOI 10.5066/P9FLC1XK
Authors Jeffrey M Lorch, Steven J Price, Julia S Lankton, Andrea N Drayer
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center