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Helminths of the horned leaf frog, Proceratophrys appendiculata, from southeastern Brazil

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2007

L. Boquimpani-Freitas
Affiliation:
Setor de Ecologia, Departamento de Biologia Animal e Vegetal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, 20550-019 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
D. Vrcibradic
Affiliation:
Setor de Ecologia, Departamento de Biologia Animal e Vegetal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, 20550-019 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
J.J. Vicente
Affiliation:
Departamento de Helmintologia, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 21045-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
C.R. Bursey
Affiliation:
Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, Shenango Campus, Sharon, PA 1646, USA
C.F.D. Rocha*
Affiliation:
Setor de Ecologia, Departamento de Biologia Animal e Vegetal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, 20550-019 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
M. Van Sluys
Affiliation:
Setor de Ecologia, Departamento de Biologia Animal e Vegetal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, 20550-019 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
*
*Author for correspondence Fax: 55 21 587 7655 E-mail: cfdrocha@uerj.br

Abstract

The helminth fauna of the horned leaf frog, Proceratophrys appendiculata (Anura: Leptodactylidae), was studied from 17 adult individuals from an island in Rio de Janeiro state, southeastern Brazil. A total of five nematode species (Aplectana delirae, Cosmocerca brasiliense, Schulzia travassosi, Rhabdias androgyna and Physaloptera sp.) and an unidentified cestode were recovered from the digestive tract, lungs and gall bladder of P. appendiculata and all the nematode species are new host records. Aplectana delirae had the highest values for the prevalence and intensity of infection and can thus be considered a core species in the helminth community of P. appendiculata. Aplectana crossodactyli is synonymized with Aplectana delirae (). The helminth fauna of P. appendiculata presents characteristics typical of those in amphibians.

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Cambridge University Press 2001

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