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Pulmonicola cochleotrema (Digenea: Opisthotrematidae) in Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) from the North-eastern region of Brazil

  • João Carlos Gomes Borges (a1) (a2), Larissa Molinari Jung (a2), Vitor Luz Carvalho (a3), André Lucas De Oliveira Moreira (a2), Fernanda Löffler Niemeyer Attademo (a4), Rafael Antonio Nascimento Ramos (a1) and Leucio Câmara Alves (a1)...

Abstract

Currently, little is known about the helminth fauna in sirenian species. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the frequency of infection by Pulmonicola cochleotrema in Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus), in the North-eastern region of Brazil. Between the years of 1989 and 2014, 88 manatees found on the North-eastern Brazilian coast were clinically examined. They included animals that were found dead, animals maintained in captivity and specimens reintroduced into conservation areas. During their physical examination, helminths present in necropsied carcasses and in reintroduced animals were collected, as well as faecal samples. Parasites were detected in 7.95% (7/88) of the animals; all specimens collected being identified as P. cochleotrema. Only adult manatees were infected, and in two cases clinical signs were observed. This is the first report on the occurrence of P. cochleotrema in Antillean manatees in the states of Paraíba and Sergipe, in the North-eastern coast of Brazil.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: J.C.G. Borges, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência Animal Tropical, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rua Dom Manoel de Medeiros, s/n, Dois Irmãos, CEP: 52.171-900, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil email: jcgborges@hotmail.com

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Pulmonicola cochleotrema (Digenea: Opisthotrematidae) in Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) from the North-eastern region of Brazil

  • João Carlos Gomes Borges (a1) (a2), Larissa Molinari Jung (a2), Vitor Luz Carvalho (a3), André Lucas De Oliveira Moreira (a2), Fernanda Löffler Niemeyer Attademo (a4), Rafael Antonio Nascimento Ramos (a1) and Leucio Câmara Alves (a1)...

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