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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.16  supl.2 Curitiba  1999

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81751999000600025 

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Helminths parasites of whales in Brazil

 

 

Luís C. Muniz-Pereira1; Joaquim Julio Vicente2; Dely Noronha

Laboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Vertebrados, Departamento de Helmintologia, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. 21045-900 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

 

 


ABSTRACT

Three species of whale Balaenoptera borealis Lesson, 1828, B. physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) and Physeter catodon Linnaeus, 1758 captured in the Brazilian coast were necropsied for helminths. Balaenoptera borealis and B. physalus were infected by Crassicauda crassicauda (Nematoda, Tetrameridae) and Ogmogaster antarcticus (Digenea: Notocotylidae), which are referred for the first time in Brazil. Balaenoptera borealis was also infected by Lecithodesmus goliath (Digenea, Campulidae) and Bolbosoma turbinella (Acanthocephala, Polymorphidae). Physeter catodon was infected by Anisakis physeteris (Nematoda, Anisakidae), which is a new record to this host in Brazilian waters.

Key words: Helminths, new records, whale, Brazil


 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. We thank Dr. Roberto Magalhães Pinto (Departament of Helminthology, Fiocruz) for the review of the text.

 

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Recebido em 10.XII.1998, aceito em 12.XI.1999.

 

 

1 E-mail: lmun¡z@netgate.com.br
2  Researcher CNPq.

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