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- New records of endoparasites infecting Hypsiboas albopunctatus (Anura : Hylidae) in a savanna area in Brasilia, Brazil
- Univ Catholica Brasilia
- Universidade de Brasília (UnB)
- Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUC-Minas)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Seventy specimens of Hypsiboas albopunctatus (Anura: Hylidae) were collected and surveyed for endoparasites in Brasilia, Brazil at the end of the rainy season (February and March) in 2005. Sixteen males (22.86%) were infected by Rhabdias sp., Aplectana sp., Cosmocerca sp., and Falcaustra mascula. Rhabdias sp., a lung parasite, presented the highest prevalence (8.57%), mean intensity of infestation (1.333), and mean abundance (0.114). Moreover, this is the first report of a rhabdiasid nematode in the Hylidae in Brazil. The intestinal parasites, Cosmocerca sp. and Aplectana sp., had a similar prevalence (5.71%), but the former presented a higher mean intensity of infestation and mean abundance. The behavior and food habits of amphibians are responsible for the differences in their helminthofauna, and this study presents four new records of nematodes in H. albopunctatus.
- Parasitology Research. New York: Springer, v. 102, n. 4, p. 621-623, 2008.
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