Eurasian Journal of Biosciences

Isolation of different trematodes cercariae spp. of medical and veterinary importance from Shatt-Al-Arab water south of Iraq
  • Article Type: Research Article
  • Eurasian Journal of Biosciences, 2020 - Volume 14 Issue 2, pp. 4843-4846
  • Published Online: 31 Oct 2020
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The current study was designed to determine larval trematodes (cercaria stage) that infect “Melanopsis and Lymnae” snails in Shatt- Al-Arab water south of Iraq. Some of those trematode species are of medical and veterinary importance.
 Snail samples were brought from different observation sites of the river, two species were recognised corresponding to the morphological features of the shell, then crushed directly to obtain cercariae. The most abundant species was Melanopsis with a percentage of 60.9% followed by 39.1% for the Lymnea. The Melanopsis species were the most highly infected with 327 infections record (77.4%), followed by 179 (66.2%) of Lymnea snails (66.2%). Nine morphologically different Cercariae species were recorded in both Melanopsis and lymnea species except Furcosircus cercaria were absent In the Melanopsis snails.


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