Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2008;48(1):89-92.
Isolation of Serratia fonticola from pirarucu Arapaima gigas
Casiano H. Choresca Jr1, Ji-Hyung Kim2, Dennis K. Gomez3, Hwan Jang4, Seong Joon Joh4, Se Chang Park2
1College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University
2Brain Korea 21 Program for Veterinary Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University
3KRF Zoonotic Disease Priority Research Institute, Seoul National University
4National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service
The pirarucu, Arapaima gigas (body weight = 18.3 kg and total length = 102 cm) which had been reared in one of the private commercial aquaria for exhibition was found dead and submitted for diagnostic examination. A pure bacterial culture was isolated from the kidney, which was enlarged, and contained fluids. Result of the bacterial identification yielded Serratia fonticola. This paper describes the first isolation of S. fonticola from pirarucu.
Key Words: Arapaima gigas, fish, pirarucu, Serratia fonticola

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