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THIRD PUBLICATION, JANUARY 2016. The Bioscientist. Vol. 4

The Bioscientist: Vol. 4(1): 32-40, 2016
Available online at http://www.bioscientistjournal.com
Amuzie et al., 2016 Page 32

PARASITIC FAUNA OF AMPHIBIANS FROM RUMUJI-EMOHUA, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA
Amuzie*1, Chidinma Charity, Agala1, King Abraham and Aisien2, Martins Siaka..
1Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, P.M.B. 5080, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria.

2Laboratory of Parasitology Research, Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, University of Benin, P.M.B. 1154, Benin City, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author’s Email:  ekeh.chidinma@ust.edu.ng

ABSTRACT (Download PDF)

A survey of the parasites of amphibians from Rumuji in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria, was conducted in the months of April and May, 2016. Anurans collected included Amietophrynus maculatus, A. cameroonensis, Hoplobatrachus occipitalis, Ptychadena oxyrhynchus and Pty. pumilio. Parasites recovered included a Raillietiella sp (Pentastomida): Cylindrotaenia jaegerskioeldi (Cestoda), Mesocoelium monodi and Diplodiscus fischthalicus (Digenea); Rhabdias africanus, Rhabdias sp., Amplicaecum africanum, Oswaldocruzia hoepplii, Cosmocerca ornata, and a larval ascaridoid (Nematoda).The co-occurrence of Raillietiella sp. and R. africanus in the lungs of A. maculatus is being reported for the first time in Nigeria. Amietophrynus maculatus is a new host record for D. fischthalicus in the country. The occurrence of Oswaldocruzia hoepplli in A. cameroonensis also increases the host range of the parasite in Nigerian anurans.

Keywords: Amphibians, Parasites, Emohua, Rivers State, Nigeria

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