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Determining the significance of a Treponema-like organism isolated from Australia's most critically endangered mammal, the Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii)

Vaughan, R., Buller, N., Friend, T., Monaghan, C., Fenwick, S. and Warren, K. (2007) Determining the significance of a Treponema-like organism isolated from Australia's most critically endangered mammal, the Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii). In: American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Joint Conference, 20 - 26 October, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

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    Abstract

    The Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) is Australia’s most critically endangered mammal with an estimated population of less than 30 individuals.2 There has been a long history of balanoposthitis (inflammation of the penis and prepuce) in individuals from both wild and captive populations of this species.1 Clinically, this is evident as crusty green tenacious preputial exudates with associated ulceration. Bacteriologic examination has revealed a number of potential pathogens amongst the mixed bacteria isolated. The most significant is a Treponema like organism. Sequencing results from these spirochetes identified a 164 nucleotide segment of 16S ribosomal RNA, which had 92% similarity to Treponema species. Prevalence of infection with the Treponema-like organism was 17/26 (65.38%).

    Publication Type: Conference Item
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10241
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