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Boletín Científico. Centro de Museos. Museo de Historia Natural

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COPETE SIERRA, Martha; RAMIREZ, Ginés Fernando  and  OSORIO, José Henry. MAIN HELMINTHS FOUND IN A CAPTIVE FAUNA CENTER IN COLOMBIA. Bol. Cient. Mus. Hist. Nat. Univ. Caldas [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.1, pp.251-257. ISSN 0123-3068.

The present study analyzed the findings of helminths obtained during one year of coprological tests, in a captive fauna center in Colombia. Three hundred, seventy-five (375) coprological tests were made with samples collected from different species of amphibious, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The percentages of animals presenting helminths were as follows: amphibious 24%, reptiles 17%, birds 16%, and mammals 43%. The highest rates of parasitism for helmints were produced by geo-helminths, with a highest frequency for the strongylid groups (53%) and anchylostomides (33%) mainly in amphibious, reptiles and mammals. For 100% of positive birds Capillaria sp was reported and it was also found in mammals (7%). Helminths of lesser report were one acantocephalo, one cestode and three unidentified nematodes.

Keywords : parasites; helminths; wild animals.

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