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Volume 18, Number 4—April 2012

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Myxozoan Parasite in Brain of Critically Endangered Frog

Ashlie Hartigan, Cheryl Sangster, Karrie Rose, David N. Phalen, and Jan ŠlapetaComments to Author 
Author affiliations: The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (A. Hartigan, D. N. Phalen, J. Šlapeta); Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia (C. Sangster, K. Rose)

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Acute severe encephalomalacia in the caudal brainstem of a captive Yellow-spotted Bell Frog from Sydney, Australia. This lesion was characterized by hemorrhage, vascular necrosis, and parasites consistent with Myxozoa (arrowhead) (hematoxylin and eosin stain; scale bar = 50 μm). Staining for axons confirmed intraaxonal location of the myxozoan parasites (inset, Holmes silver nitrate with Loxul Fast Blue stain).

Figure. Acute severe encephalomalacia in the caudal brainstem of a captive Yellow-spotted bell frog from Sydney, Australia. This lesion was characterized by hemorrhage, vascular necrosis, and parasites consistent with Myxozoa (arrowhead) (hematoxylin and eosin stain; scale bar = 50 μm). Staining for axons confirmed intraaxonal location of the myxozoan parasites (inset, Holmes silver nitrate with Loxul Fast Blue stain).

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