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The prevalence of keratinophilic fungi on the hair of primates without clinical skin disorders


STAL 2(2): 83-87
The prevalence of keratinophilic fungi on the hair of primates without clinical skin disorders
Keratinophilic fungi were studied in the coats of the following species: Gorilla gorilla, Pan troglodytes, Hylobates lar pileatus, Papio papio, Macaca mulatta, M. speciosa, Ateles geoffroyi, A. hybridus, A. ater, A. ater x A. geoffroyi, Cebus spella and C. albifrons. The cutaneous flora of these animals, from the Paris Zoo, France, reflected the flora of the soil in their habitat. On 15 subjects, 13 of which were baboons, 16 strains of nonparasitic fungi were identified. These were Trichophyton terrestre, Keratinomyces ajelloi, Chrysosporium keratinophilum and Chrysosporium sp. In addition, 2 isolates of Scopulariopsis brevicaulis were obtained from gorillas. The maximum temperature for growth of 16 of the 18 strains examined ranged between 33 and 41.degree. C. The least thermotolerant strains were a Chrysosporium sp. and a T. terrestre; the most thermotolerant was a C. keratinophilium.


Accession: 006740415



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