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1 April 2011 Helminth Community Structure of the Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) in Southern Italy
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The helminth community of the Mediterranean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) from the Calabria region in southern Italy was examined. Ten species of helminths, including 2 cestodes (Alcataenia larina and Tetrabothrius cylindraceus), 4 digeneans (Aporchis massiliensis, Brachylaima fuscatum, Cardiocephaloides longicollis, and Ornithobilharzia canaliculata), and 4 nematodes (Eucoleus contortus, Capillaria sp., Cosmocephalus obvelatus, and Paracuaria adunca), were found. The Mediterranean gull represents new host records for A. larina, A. massiliensis, B. fuscatum, and E. contortus; all species, except C. longicollis and O. canaliculata, constitute new locality records. The gastrointestinal helminth community of I. melanocephalus consisted of 9 species but, at the infracommunity level, species richness, diversity, and total helminth abundance are among the lowest reported from any gull species. Two cestode species accounted for 81% of all helminth specimens found.

M. Santoro, S. Mattiucci, J. M. Kinsella, F. J. Aznar, D. Giordano, F. Castagna, F. Pellegrino, and G. Nascetti "Helminth Community Structure of the Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) in Southern Italy," Journal of Parasitology 97(2), 364-366, (1 April 2011). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-2602.1
Published: 1 April 2011
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