Research Note

Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 90-93

First online:

Helminth parasites (Cestoidea, Nematoda, Pentastomida) of selected herpetofauna from Cameroon, West Africa

  • Chris T. McAllisterAffiliated withRapidWrite Email author 
  • , Charles R. BurseyAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Pennsylvania State University-Shenango Campus
  • , Paul S. FreedAffiliated with

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Twenty-nine individual amphibians (2 families, 3 species) and 12 individual reptiles (2 families, 2 species) from Douala, Cameroon (West Africa) were examined for helminths. Seventeen (59%) of the amphibians and 11 (92%) of the reptiles were found to harbor at least 1 species of helminth; 10 (34%) of the amphibians and 4 (33%) of the infected reptiles harbored multiple infections. A cestode, 6 species of nematodes, and a pentastomid were found in the herpetofauna surveyed. Nine new host and six new geographic distribution records are reported.


Herpetofauna helminth parasites Cameroon West Africa