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By David S. Rotstein, Leslie G. Burdett, Lori Schwacke, Teri Rowles, Karen A, Stacy Schultz and Ann Pabst


Lacazia loboi, a cutaneous fungus, is found in humans and dolphins from transitional tropical (Florida) and tropical (South America) regions. We report 2 cases of lobomycosis in stranded bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and 1 case of lobomycosis-like disease in 1 free-swimming, pelagic, offshore bottlenose dolphin from North Carolina, where no cases have previously been observed. On the basis of overall length, rostrum length, and flipper size, the dolphin was identified as belonging to the offshore ecotype (9). Gross findings included numerous serpiginous and coalescing, raised, ulcerated-to-papillary nodules on the dorsum anterior to the dorsal fin and extending to the mid-body (Figure 1, panel A). Other gross lesions included verminous pterygoid sinusitis and pneumonia and mild dermal and retroperitoneal cestodiasis

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