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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

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Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.19 no.1 Curitiba Mar. 2002 

First natural infection by Ascocotyle (Phagicola) longa Ransom (Digenea, Heterophyidae) in an avian host, Ardea cocoi Linnaeus (Aves, Ciconiiformes, Ardeidae) in Brazil



Luciano Antunes BarrosI; Vanessa Santos de ArrudaI; Delir Corrêa GomesI,II; Roberto Magalhães PintoI,II,III

ILaboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Vertebrados, Departamento de Helmintologia, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Avenida Brasil 4365, 21045-900 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
IICNPq research fellows
IIICorresponding author. E-mail:




The first case of a natural avian infection caused by the digenetic trematode Ascocotyle (Phagicola) longa Ransom, 1920 in Brazil, is reported from the ardeid bird Ardea cocoi Linnaeus, 1766. This represents a new host record and data on clinical and pathological findings are also reported.

Key words: Digenea, Ascocotyle (Phagicola) longa, parasitic infection, Ardea cocoi, birds, pathology, trematode, parasite, Brazil



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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. To Dr. Anibal Coutinho de Lemos, DVM, for the help with the treatment and necropsy of the host; to Romney Lima, Laboratório de Produção e Processamento de Imagens/Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC), for technical photographic support.



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Recebido em 20.VII.2001; aceito em 14.II.2002.

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