Cutaneous fungal flora in twenty horses free of skin or ocular disease

Am J Vet Res. 1988 Jun;49(6):770-2.


The fungal flora of the hair and underlying skin from 2 sites was examined qualitatively in 20 horses free of skin or ocular disease. Fungi were isolated from both the hair and the underlying skin of all 20 horses. Twenty-two genera regarded commonly as saprophytes were identified and an additional 2 fungi resembled the perfect state of the cutaneous pathogenic genera Microsporum and Trichophyton. Cladosporium spp, Penicillium spp, and Rhizopus spp were the most frequently isolated saprophytes. In general, similar fungi were isolated from the hair and underlying skin, and differences were not noted in isolates from the saddle and rump regions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier State / microbiology
  • Carrier State / veterinary*
  • Dermatomycoses / microbiology
  • Dermatomycoses / veterinary*
  • Eye Diseases / microbiology
  • Hair / microbiology*
  • Horse Diseases / microbiology*
  • Horses
  • Skin / microbiology*