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Occurrence of endoparasites in wild Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Colombia

Occurrence of endoparasites in wild Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Colombia
The recognized impact of parasites in wildlife populations demands surveillance of endangered species like the Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Colombia. We conducted a parasitological survey in four rescued sea cows in order to document the parasite diversity of this sirenian in the Caribbean wetland of Colombia and contribute to the molecular characterization of its trematodes. The flukes Chiorchis fabaceus, Nudacotyle undicola and the protozoans Eimeria manatus and E. nodulosa were identified in analysed faecal samples. For C. fabaceus and N. undicola, partial regions of ribosomal RNA genes were amplified and sequenced in order to infer their phylogenetic relations. The current study constitutes a new sirenian host (T. manatus manatus) record for the genus Eimeria and the trematode N. undicola.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S2213224417301475

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