Folia Parasitologica, vol. 54 (2007), issue 2

Folia Parasitologica 54[2] 88-93 (2007) | 10.14411/fp.2007.011

Bird schistosomes of wildfowl in the Czech Republic and Poland

Jitka Rudolfová1, D.T.J. Littlewood2, Jiljí Sitko3, Petr Horák1
1 Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Parasitology, Viničná 7, 128 44 Prague 2, Czech Republic
2 The Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
3 Komenský Museum, Horní nám. 7, 750 11 Přerov 2, Czech Republic

In 2005, we dissected 102 wildfowl from the Czech Republic and 73 wildfowl from Poland including representatives of Anseriformes, Gruiformes and Gaviiformes. Schistosome infection was found in a total of 21 (29%) and 23 (23%) birds from Poland and the Czech Republic, respectively. All infected birds belonged to the order Anseriformes. The prevalences of nasal and visceral species were, respectively, 22% and 16% in Poland and 6% and 19% in the Czech Republic. Four species of schistosomes were found: Bilharziella polonica Kowalewski, 1895, Trichobilharzia regenti Horák, Kolářová et Dvořák, 1998, T. szidati Neuhaus, 1952, and an undetermined schistosome from the intestinal wall of Anas penelope L. The finding of T. szidati represents the first record of the parasite from natural final host since the species description.

Keywords: schistosomes, wildfowl, Trichobilharzia, Bilharziella 20

Received: November 20, 2006; Accepted: January 18, 2007; Published: June 1, 2007


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