Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) has been assigned a role in melanocyte proliferation and in development of human cutaneous melanoma. We have used a transgenic mouse melanoma model in combination with mice lacking mouse FGF2 to analyse the possible implication of FGF2 in melanomagenesis. Tyr::N-rasQ61K transgenic mice which are deficient for FGF2 and the tumor suppressors p16INK4a and p19ARF are hyperpigmented and develop cutaneous metastasizing melanoma, with no difference to mice wildtype for FGF2. We conclude from our data, that FGF2 is not essential for melanoma progression and metastasis.