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Youssefi, M. R., Mousapour, A., Nikzad, R., Gonzalez-Solis, D., Halajian, A., & Rahimi, M. T. (2014). Gastrointestinal helminths of the caspian turtle, mauremys caspica (testudines), from northern iran. Journal of Parasitic Diseases, (online early). 
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Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1007/s12639-014-0446-2
BibTeX citation key: Youssefi2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: Asien - Asia, Habitat - habitat, Parasiten - parasites, Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises, Testudinidae, Testudo graeca, Veterinärmedizin - veterinary medicine
Creators: Gonzalez-Solis, Halajian, Mousapour, Nikzad, Rahimi, Youssefi
Collection: Journal of Parasitic Diseases
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The Caspian turtle (Mauremys caspica) is a semi-aquatic and adaptable reptile. To date, there are no reports on the parasites of this turtle in Iran. Hence, the current survey was designed to prepare a list of the gastrointestinal helminth parasites of the Caspian turtle in North Iran. A total of 34 road-killed individuals (14 males and 20 females) were collected between July 2011 and October 2012 from the Mazandaran province, Iran. All parts of gastrointestinal were parasitologically scrutinized and collected specimens were fixed and preserved in 70 % ethanol. Half of the examined Caspian turtles (17) were infected with at least one parasitic helminth. The list of helminths includes three nematodes: Serpinema microcephalum (Camallanidae), Falcaustra armenica (Kathlaniidae), Oxyuridae sp., and one digenean: Telorchis sp. (Telorchiidae). This is the first report of the gastrointestinal helminth parasites of the Caspian turtle in Iran and all helminth species are reported for the first time in Iran.
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