Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
Print version ISSN 1517-8382
XAVIER, Gileno Antônio Araújo et al. Dermatophytosis caused by Microsporum canis and Microsporum gypseum in free-living Bradypus variegatus (Schiz, 1825) in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2008, vol.39, n.3, pp. 508-510. ISSN 1517-8382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822008000300018.
Three cases of dermatophytosis in free living brown-throated three-toed sloths (Bradypus variegatus) in the Zona da Mata, North of Pernambuco State, Brazil, were studied. Two animals presented areas of alopecia on the pelvic member and thorax and one animal on the pelvic member only. The three animals presented scabs. Hair and scabs samples were submitted to microscopical examination after treatment with a 30 % KOH and cultivated in Mycosel Agar. The direct examination indicated the presence of arthrospores in the hair. Colonies grown after seven days of culture were confirmed as Microsporum based on examination of the structure of the macroconidia. This is the first observation of dermatophytosis caused by Microsporum canis and Microsporum gypseum in free living sloths in the State of Pernambuco.
Keywords : Microsporum canis; Microsporum gypseum; Bradypus variegatus; dermatophytosis; sloths.