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Cardells, J., Garijo, M. M., Marín, C., & Vega, S. (2013). Helminths from the red-eared slider trachemys scripta elegans (chelonia: Emydidae) in marshes from the eastern iberian peninsula: first report of telorchis attenuata (digenea: telorchiidae). Basic and Applied Herpetology, (accepted). 
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Resource type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Emydidae, Emys orbicularis, Geoemydidae, Habitat - habitat, invasive Arten - invasive species, Mauremys leprosa, Parasiten - parasites, Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises, Südwesteuropa - South-Western Europa, Trachemys scripta
Creators: Cardells, Garijo, Marín, Vega
Collection: Basic and Applied Herpetology
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The present work describes the presence of a digenean in the red-eared turtle Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied- Neuwied, 1839) in marshes of the Valencian Community. The faeces and intestinal tract of 105 animals were examined. Only one helminth species was found and identified as the trematode Telorchis atenuatta (Goldberger, 1911) in the 7,6% of the animals. This is the first report of the species in turtles from Spain. Although conclusions are preliminary due to the limited sampling, our results suggest that the presence of red-eared turtles in new habitats increase the risk of introducing new microorganisms and new diseases with them. It could alter the sanitary status of the autochthonous turtles, Mauremys leprosa (Schweigger, 1812) and Emys orbicularis (Linnaeus, 1758)
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