Black noddies (Anous minutus) and wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) as potential hosts for fungi invading sea turtle nests at Heron Island, Queensland

Phillott, A.D., and Elsmore, S.A.M. (2004) Black noddies (Anous minutus) and wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) as potential hosts for fungi invading sea turtle nests at Heron Island, Queensland. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 128 (1). p. 73.

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Abstract

Black noddies (Anous minutus) and wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinis pacificus) on Heron Island (Capricorn Group, Queensland) were surveyed to determine if they harboured fungi that had been implicated in sea turtle egg mortality in situ. Isolated from the cloacal exterior of these seabirds were Penicillium citrinum, Fusarium semitectum, F. trichothecioides, Aspergillus unguis, Aspergillus candidus, Acremonium sp., Alternaria sp. and Drechslera sp. These isolates are common soil or plant fungi and their most likely origin is therefore the nest or burrow material. None of these species have been isolated from sea turtle eggs that failed to hatch.

Item ID: 5395
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: seabirds; fungi; sea turtles
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ISSN: 0372-1426
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2009 01:56
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070707 Veterinary Microbiology (excl Virology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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