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

J Zoo Wildl Med. 2010 Dec;41(4):729-31. doi: 10.1638/2010-0014.1.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Fish Diseases / pathology*
  • Melanoma / pathology
  • Melanoma / veterinary*
  • Sharks*
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / veterinary*