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J Zoo Wildl Med. 2010 Dec;41(4):729-31.

Melanoma in the skin of a nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum).

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Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222, USA. jenniferw@omahazoo.com

Abstract

A female nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, estimated at 27 yr of age had a 5.5-yr history of a 6-cm black, raised nodular skin lesion located on the right side of the proximal tail. The lesion was diagnosed on biopsy as a slow-growing melanoma of the skin with no vascular invasion. The nurse shark was euthanized for systemic illness approximately 4.5 mo after diagnosis of the dermal melanoma. No evidence of metastasis was found on histopathologic evaluation of the skin and viscera.

PMID:
21370659
DOI:
10.1638/2010-0014.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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