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Greening of the Hair Coat in Polar Bears:

Summary Information
Diseases / List of Fungal / Algal Diseases / Disease summary
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Disease Agents
  • Blue-green algae (cyanophytes) within the hollow hair shafts of the guard hairs. (B336.51.w51, J9.278.w1)
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General Description

In Bears

  • In zoos, the hair of some Ursus maritimus - Polar bears have been found to turn green during the summer. It has been determined that this is due to growth of blue-green algae within the hollow hair shafts of the guard hairs. (B336.51.w51, J9.278.w1)
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