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Microbiological survey for selected bacterial pathogens in European storm petrel Hydrobates pelagicus, Linnaeus 1758 from Grosa Island Murcia, Southeastern Spain

European Journal of Wildlife Research 54(2): 373-377
Microbiological survey for selected bacterial pathogens in European storm petrel Hydrobates pelagicus, Linnaeus 1758 from Grosa Island Murcia, Southeastern Spain
The current work shows the first step in the knowledge on the health status of European storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) colony inhabiting Grosa Island (Murcia, SE Spain). We performed a screening about the bacterial pathogens carried by them (among the infectious agents checked, bacteria of the orders Mollicutes and Chlamydiales, and the genera Salmonella are of main interest) and compare these results with similar works performed in Larus species because most of the breeding colonies of storm petrel share habitats with gull colonies, and these could become pathogen reservoirs to petrels. Our results show the European storm petrels sampled have absence of pathogens of main interest and low levels of opportunistic pathogens. No Mycoplasma species were isolated, and no Chlamydophila psittaci were demonstrated by lipopolysaccharide antigen immunodetection. The commensal bacteria were isolated in higher frequencies than the previous [Staphylococcus epidermidis (5/15), Staphylococcus hominis (2/15) and Staphylococcus aureus (1/15)]. The rate of isolation of Gram-negative was lower than in the previous Gram-positive bacteria [Pasteurella sp. (1/15) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (1/15)], and no Enterobacteriaceae were isolated. The absence of pathogen carriers on European storm petrel is the main conclusion of this survey; it is an evidence that the bacterial infectious pathogens described in gulls may not be an important selective force on their survival.

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Accession: 032337370

DOI: 10.1007/s10344-007-0147-6

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