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Wayne Rossiter, Harley M Davidson
The white grub (Posthodiplostomum minimum) is a common parasite of centrarchid fishes, frequently reaching high prevalence and intensity values in local populations. However, significant variation in infection has been observed across sunfish species (Lepomis spp.), which are common and abundant hosts for this parasite. Previous observations suggest both extrinsic factors (habitat-specific characteristics and environmental parameters) and intrinsic factors (e.g., host size, behavior, susceptibility, etc.) as important predictors of infection in this parasite-host system...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
Jong-Yil Chai, Woon-Mok Sohn, Jaeeun Cho, Keeseon S Eom, Tai-Soon Yong, Duk-Young Min, Eui-Hyug Hoang, Bounlay Phommasack, Bounnaloth Insisiengmay, Han-Jong Rim
Adult specimens of Echinostoma ilocanum (Garrison, 1908) Odhner, 1911 (Trematoda: Echinostomatidae) were recovered from 2 riparian people who resided along the Mekong River in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. In fecal examinations done by the Kato-Katz technique, they revealed echinostome eggs together with eggs of Opisthorchis viverrini (and minute intestinal fluke eggs) and hookworms. To recover the adult flukes, they were treated with praziquantel 30-40 mg/kg in a single dose and purged with magnesium salts...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Parasitology
Waraporn Phalee, Anawat Phalee, Chalobol Wongsawad
The family Thapariellidae has been reported in only 3 countries since 1990. The objective of this study was to identify Thapariella anastomusa metacercariae in snails in Thailand based on morphological traits using a light (LM) and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). A total of 94 Filopaludina snails were collected and identified as 50 F. martensi martensi and 44 F. doliaris . Metacercariae of T. anastomusa were recovered from the snails by the crushing method. The overall prevalence was 22.3% (21/94), and the mean intensity was 17...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Parasitology
T F Quirino, A J M G Ferreira, M C Silva, R J Silva, D H Morais, R W Ávila
Forty five specimens representing nine species of reptile (Salvator merianae, Enyalius bilineatus, Amphisbaena alba, Xenopholis undulatus, Chironius fuscus, Helicops angulatus, Chironius flavolineatus, Erythrolamprus viridis and Crotalus durissus) collected in five Brazilian states were examined for helminths. Twelve helminth species were found as follow: nine Nematoda (Physaloptera tupinambae, Strongyluris oscari, Paracapillaria sp., Dracunculus brasiliensis, Physaloptera liophis, Serpentirhabias sp. 1, Serpentirhabias sp...
February 22, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
Rosario Briosio-Aguilar, Hudson Alves Pinto, Maria Amparo Rodríguez-Santiago, Karina López-García, Martin Garcia-Varela, Gerardo Perez-Ponce de Leon
The phylogenetic position of Clinostomum heluans Braun, 1899 within the genus Clinostomum Leidy, 1856 is reported in this study based on sequences of the barcoding region of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (COX1). Additionally, molecular data are used to link the adult and the metacercariae of the species. The metacercariae of C. heluans were found encysted infecting the cichlid fish Australoheros sp. in Minas Gerais, Brazil, whereas the adults were obtained from the mouth cavity of the Great White egret Ardea alba, in Campeche, Mexico...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
Konstans Wells, David I Gibson, Nicholas J Clark, Alexis Ribas, Serge Morand, Hamish I McCallum
Changes in species distributions open novel parasite transmission routes at the human-wildlife interface, yet the strength of biotic and biogeographical factors that prevent or facilitate parasite host shifting are not well understood. We investigated global patterns of helminth parasite (Nematoda, Cestoda, Trematoda) sharing between mammalian wildlife species and domestic mammal hosts (including humans) using >24,000 unique country-level records of host-parasite associations. We used hierarchical modelling and species trait data to determine possible drivers of the level of parasite sharing between wildlife species and either humans or domestic animal hosts...
February 13, 2018: Global Change Biology
Alba Cortés, Carla Muñoz-Antolí, María Álvarez-Izquierdo, Javier Sotillo, J Guillermo Esteban, Rafael Toledo
Echinostoma caproni (Trematoda: Echinostomatidae) is an intestinal trematode, broadly employed to study the host-dependent mechanisms that govern the evolution of intestinal helminth infections. Resistance against E. caproni homologous secondary infections has been reported in mice and appears to be related to the generation of a local Th2 response, whereas Th1 responses promote the development of chronic primary infections. Herein, the ability of E. caproni to modulate its secretome according to the host environment is investigated...
February 12, 2018: Parasitology Research
Ralph Vanstreels, Chris H Gardiner, Michael J Yabsley, Liandrie Swanepoel, Cristiane K M Kolesnikovas, Rodolfo P Silva-Filho, Ana C Ewbank, José L Catão-Dias
The Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is native to Argentina, Chile and the Falkland/Malvinas islands and is a regular winter migrant in Uruguayan and Brazilian coastal waters. The species is known to be susceptible to a variety of gastrointestinal nematodes, cestodes, trematodes and acanthocephalans, as well as renal trematodes and pulmonary nematodes. Schistosomes (Platyhelminthes, Trematoda, Schistosomatidae) and microfilariae (Nematoda, Secernentea, Onchocercidae) were histologically identified in Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) that died while under care at rehabilitation centers in southern Brazil...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
Scott C Cutmore, Thomas H Cribb
Two species of the trematode genus Phyllodistomum Braun, 1899 (Gorgoderidae) are reported infecting teleost fishes from Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Phyllodistomum hyporhamphi n. sp. is described from two species of garfishes (Hemiramphidae), Hyporhamphus regularis ardelio (Whitley) and H. australis (Steindachner). The new species differs from other marine species of Phyllodistomum in possessing a forebody length less than half that of the body, a body length to width ratio < 4:1, an oral sucker width to ventral sucker width ratio > 1:1 and < 2:1, 7-9 strong, marginal undulations on each side of the body and large, slightly lobed vitelline masses...
February 7, 2018: Systematic Parasitology
Kjartan Østbye, Annette Taugbøl, Mark Ravinet, Chris Harrod, Ruben Alexander Pettersen, Louis Bernatchez, Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad
BACKGROUND: Marine threespine sticklebacks colonized and adapted to brackish and freshwater environments since the last Pleistocene glacial. Throughout the Holarctic, three lateral plate morphs are observed; the low, partial and completely plated morph. We test if the three plate morphs in the brackish water Lake Engervann, Norway, differ in body size, trophic morphology (gill raker number and length), niche (stable isotopes; δ15N, δ13C, and parasites (Theristina gasterostei, Trematoda spp...
February 5, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Liang Zhang, Kristen Vanderhorst, Kurt Kyser, Linda Campbell
White grub flukes, Posthodiplostomum minimum centrarchi (Trematoda), and hookworms Pomphorhynchus bulbocolli (Acanthocephala) are common internal parasites for many North American freshwater fishes. P. minimum are found as cysts in internal organ tissues, while P. bulbocolli are found as sexually mature adults in gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. Stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen (δ13C and δ15N) are commonly used to infer food web relationships in freshwater lakes. To see if δ13C and δ15N could be used to analyze parasite-host relationships, we analyzed the stable isotopes of the two species of parasites and various tissue types of their fish hosts (bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish) from different host tissues...
February 2, 2018: Parasitology Research
Sakil Ahmed, Aamir Sohail, Sabiha Khatoon, Shabnam Khan, Mohammad Khalid Saifullah
Aim: Aim of the present study was to carry out the partial purification and biochemical characterization of glutathione S-transferase (GST) from the somatic tissue of ruminal amphistome parasite, Gastrothylax crumenifer (Gc) infecting Indian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Materials and Methods: The crude somatic homogenate of Gc was subjected to progressive ammonium sulfate precipitation followed by size exclusion chromatography in a Sephacryl S 100-HR column...
December 2017: Veterinary World
Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León, Thibaut Anglade, Haseeb S Randhawa
As a part of a comprehensive survey of macroparasites of commercially exploited fish species off the coast of Otago, New Zealand, the parasite fauna of the New Zealand sole Peltorhamphus novaezeelandiae Günther was recently studied. Steringotrema robertpoulini n. sp. is described from this host and compared with known species of Steringotrema Odhner, 1911. The new species is readily distinguished from all of its congeners, except for S. divergens (Rudolphi, 1809) Odhner, 1911, by having the follicular vitellarium divided in four zones rather than two, and can be differentiated from S...
January 25, 2018: Systematic Parasitology
Ezequiel Palumbo, Julia Inés Diaz
The aim of the present paper is to describe a new species of the genus Cheloniodiplostomum (Digenea, Proterodiplostomidae) in the Hilaire's toadhead turtle Phrynops hilarii from Argentina and to expand the geographic and host distribution of Cheloniodiplostomum testudinis. Additionally, we present a diagnostic key for Cheloniodiplostomum.
January 15, 2018: Parasitology Research
Andrés Martínez-Aquino, Victor M Vidal-Martínez, M Leopoldina Aguirre-Macedo
The phylogenetic position of three taxa from two trematode genera, belonging to the subfamily Acanthostominae (Opisthorchioidea: Cryptogonimidae), were analysed using partial 28S ribosomal DNA (Domains 1-2) and internal transcribed spacers (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2). Bayesian inference and Maximum likelihood analyses of combined 28S rDNA and ITS1 + 5.8S + ITS2 sequences indicated the monophyly of the genus Acanthostomum (A. cf. americanum and A. burminis) and paraphyly of the Acanthostominae. These phylogenetic relationships were consistent in analyses of 28S alone and concatenated 28S + ITS1 + 5...
2017: PeerJ
Jun-Feng Gao, Yuan Gao, Jian-Hua Qiu, Qiao-Cheng Chang, Yan Zhang, Ming Fang, Chun-Ren Wang
Metorchis orientalis is a neglected zoonotic parasite, living in the gallbladder and bile duct of poultry and some mammals as well as humans. In spite of its economic and medical importance, the information known about the transcriptome and genome of M. orientalis is limited. In this study, we performed de novo sequencing, transcriptome assembly and functional annotations of the adult M. orientalis, obtained about 77.4 million high-quality clean reads, among which the length of the transcript contigs ranged from 100 to 11,249 nt with mean length of 373 nt and N50 length of 919 nt...
January 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Francisco Costa, Marcio Port-Carvalho, Alice Oliveira, Silvio Souza, Marcio Castro
The liver fluke Fasciola hepatica (Trematoda: Fasciolidae) causes fascioliasis, which affects mostly domestic ruminants and humans worldwide. This parasite has an Old World origin and was introduced into the New World by European colonizers. Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is the largest living rodent species, with adults weighing over 60 kg. We report a fascioliasis outbreak caused by F. hepatica, that reduced a capybara group from 21 to 2 animals within a 9-mo period. Animal infection and associated lesions were confirmed by post-mortem examinations, which revealed extensive liver damage associated with the presence of large number of adult and immature forms of F...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
Thanh Thi Ha Dao, Thanh Thi Giang Nguyen, Sarah Gabriël, Khanh Linh Bui, Pierre Dorny, Thanh Hoa Le
BACKGROUND: An opisthorchiid liver fluke was recently reported from ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) in Binh Dinh Province of Central Vietnam, and referred to as "Opisthorchis viverrini-like". This species uses common cyprinoid fishes as second intermediate hosts as does Opisthorchis viverrini, with which it is sympatric in this province. In this study, we refer to the liver fluke from ducks as "Opisthorchis sp. BD2013", and provide new sequence data from the mitochondrial (mt) genome and the nuclear ribosomal transcription unit...
November 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
T H Cribb, N Q-X Wee, R A Bray, S C Cutmore
We describe Monorchis lewisi n. sp. (Monorchiidae) from the surf bream, Acanthopagrus australis (Günther, 1859) (Sparidae), in Moreton Bay, eastern Australia. The new species differs from most existing species of Monorchis Monticelli, 1893 in its possession of an elongate I-shaped excretory vesicle, and from other congeners in the relative configuration of the gut and suckers. Ovipusillus mayu Dove & Cribb, 1998 is re-reported from Gnathanodon speciosus (Forsskål, 1775) (Carangidae) from Moreton Bay. We report new second internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) and 28S rDNA sequence data for both species...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
Daniela A Lopes, Delir Corrêa Gomes, Marcelo Knoff
The third part of the catalogue of type material in the Helminthological Collection of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute/FIOCRUZ (CHIOC), comprising types deposited between 1979 and 2016, is presented to complement the first list of all types that was published in 1979. This part encompasses Acanthocephala, Nematoda and the other non-helminth phyla Cnidaria, Annelida, and Arthropoda. Platyhelminthes was covered in the first (Monogenoidea) and second (Rhabditophora Trematoda and Cestoda) parts of the catalogue published in September 2016 and March 2017, respectively...
2017: ZooKeys
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