1 Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo 2010 Vol: 52(6):. DOI: 10.1590/S0036-46652010000600007

Melanoides tuberculata as intermediate host of Philophthalmus gralli in Brazil

Melanoides tuberculata naturalmente infectados por larvas de trematódeos foram coletados na represa da Pampulha Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil durante estudos malacológicos realizados entre 2006 e 2010. De 7164 exemplares de M. tuberculata coletados, 25 (0,35%) apresentavam-se infectados por cercárias que foram caracterizadas morfologicamente como pertencentes ao grupo Megalura, gênero Philophthalmus. Metacercárias desencistadas foram utilizadas com sucesso para a infecção experimental de Gallus gallus domesticus e parasitos adultos recuperados da membrana nictitante das aves foram identificados como Philophthalmus gralli. Este é o primeiro relato de P. gralli em M. tuberculata no Brasil

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