Parasitology Research

, 99:368 | Cite as

Phenotypic comparison of allopatric populations of Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica from European and African bovines using a computer image analysis system (CIAS)

  • M. V. Periago
  • M. A. Valero
  • M. Panova
  • S. Mas-Coma
Original Paper


The quantification of the different sizes and shapes of Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica from bovines has been achieved for the first time in natural allopatric populations. Linear measurements, areas and ratios of gravid adults and eggs of F. hepatica (from France and Spain) and F. gigantica (from Burkina Faso) were analysed using a computer image analysis system and an allometric model: \({{\left( {y_{{2{\text{m}}}} - y_{2} } \right)}} \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{{\left( {y_{{2{\text{m}}}} - y_{2} } \right)}} {y_{2} }}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} {y_{2} } = c{\left[ {{{\left( {y_{{1{\text{m}}}} - y_{1} } \right)}} \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{{\left( {y_{{1{\text{m}}}} - y_{1} } \right)}} {y_{1} }}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} {y_{1} }} \right]}^{b}\), where y 1=body area or body length, y 2=one of the measurements analysed, y 1m, y 2m=maximum values towards which y 1 and y 2, respectively, tend and c, b=constants. All the measurements overlap in the two fasciolids, apart from the distance between the ventral sucker and the posterior end of the body, body roundness and body length/body width ratio. The results obtained may be useful in Fasciola species identification in countries where both species coexist.


Body Length Body Area Ventral Sucker Body Width Liver Fluke 
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This study was supported by Project No. BOS2002-01978 of the DGICYT of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, Madrid, the Red de Investigación de Centros de Enfermedades Tropicales-RICET (Project No. C03/04 of the Programme of Redes Tematicas de Investigación Cooperativa, FIS), Project No. PI030545 of FIS, Spanish Ministry of Health, Madrid, and Projects No. 03/113 and GV04B-125 of Conselleria de Empresa, Universidad y Ciencia, Valencia (Spain).

The technical collaboration of Lic. Myriam Fatehi and Dr. Marc Desquesnes (Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso) is acknowledged, along with the statistical collaboration of Dr. Mario Sendra and the grammatical collaboration of Ralph Wilk (Valencia, Spain).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Periago
    • 1
  • M. A. Valero
    • 1
  • M. Panova
    • 1
  • S. Mas-Coma
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de FarmaciaUniversidad de ValenciaBurjassotSpain

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