Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 90–93

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


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  • Charles R. Bursey
    • Department of BiologyPennsylvania State University-Shenango Campus
  • Paul S. Freed
Research Note

DOI: 10.2478/s11686-010-0014-6

Cite this article as:
McAllister, C.T., Bursey, C.R. & Freed, P.S. Acta Parasit. (2010) 55: 90. doi:10.2478/s11686-010-0014-6


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.


Herpetofaunahelminth parasitesCameroonWest Africa
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