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  • 1 1Graduate Institute of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan.
  • | 2 2Taipei Zoo, Taipei 11656, Taiwan.
History

A free-ranging wild adult female Taiwan japalure (Japalura swinhonis) was found in the cage of captive elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata) at the Taipei Zoo in October of 2017. The lizard was lethargic; it laid down on the floor and then was found dead. No detailed history was available. The carcass was collected for postmortem examination.

Gross Findings

Necropsy revealed scattered, yellow to brown, raised, encrusted skin nodules (0.5 to 1 cm in diameter) throughout the body surface (Figure 1). Below the crusts, the underlying skin was sunken or ulcerative with the presence of

Contributor Notes

Dr. Li's present address is Fishhead Labs LLC, Stuart, FL 34997.

Dr. Tsai's present address is the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Tubney, OX13 5QL, England.

Address correspondence to Dr. Jeng (crjeng@ntu.edu.tw).