Robert C. Fleischer
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Publications 265
#1Daniel T. Baldassarre (Princeton University)H-Index: 8
#2Leonardo Campagna (Cornell University)H-Index: 12
Last.Christina Riehl (Princeton University)H-Index: 10
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ABSTRACT Across Africa, wild giraffes suffer from a variety of skin disorders of mostly unknown etiology. With their populations already threatened from anthropogenic factors, it is important to un...
#1Leah R. Card (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 1
#2William J. McShea (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 34
Last.Justin M. Calabrese (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 20
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#1Carly R. Muletz-Wolz (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 2
#2Naoko P. Kurata (CUNY: City University of New York)
Last.Robert C. Fleischer (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 52
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#1Kyle Miller (Smithsonian Institution)
#2Susette Castañeda Rico (GMU: George Mason University)
Last.Robert C. Fleischer (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 52
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Reptiles show varying degrees of facultative parthenogenesis. Here we use genetic methods to determine that an isolated, captive female Asian water dragon produced at least nine offspring via parthenogenesis. We identified microsatellites for the species from shotgun genomic sequences, selected and optimized primer sets, and tested all of the offspring for a set of seven microsatellites that were heterozygous in the mother. We verified that the seven loci showed high levels of polymorphism in fo...
#1Ana V. Longo (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 1
#2Robert C. Fleischer (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 52
Last.Karen R. Lips (UF: University of Florida)
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Invasive fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and B. salamandrivorans (Bsal) are causing mortality events and population declines in amphibians around the world. B. salamandrivorans has not been found in the Americas but is predicted to emerge there given the presence of competent hosts, high volume import pathways, and lack of effective biosecurity measures. Eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) are the most abundant and widespread salamanders in United States with known sus...
#1Jennifer H. Yu (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)
#2Kate L. Durrant (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 10
Last.Robert C. Fleischer (SCBI: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)H-Index: 52
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The first report of giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) infected with a novel Hepatozoon species is presented. An intraleukocytic parasite was detected via routine blood smear from a zoo-housed giant panda at the National Zoological Park. Ribosomal DNA sequences indicated a previously undescribed Hepatozoon species. Phylogenetic and distance analyses of the sequences placed it within its own branch, clustered with Old World species with carnivore (primarily ursid and mustelid) hosts. Retrospec...
#1Carly R. Muletz-Wolz (UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)H-Index: 2
#2Robert C. Fleischer (Smithsonian Institution)H-Index: 52
Last.Karen R. Lips (UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)H-Index: 35
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#1Anna E. Savage (UCF: University of Central Florida)H-Index: 15
Last.Kevin P. Mulder (University of Porto)H-Index: 3
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Infectious diseases are causing catastrophic losses to global biodiversity. Iridoviruses in the genus Ranavirus are among the leading causes of amphibian disease-related mortality. Polymorphisms in major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes are significantly associated with variation in amphibian pathogen susceptibility. MHC genes encode two classes of polymorphic cell-surface molecules that can recognize and bind to diverse pathogen peptides. While MHC class I genes are the classic mediators ...