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Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 117–119 | Cite as

Occurrence of Camallanus trispinosus in a captive Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans)

  • N. Jeyathilakan
  • M. Raman
  • M. G. Jayathangaraj
Short Communication

Abstract

Camallanoids are spirurid round worms known to occur in stomach and intestine of lower vertebrate animals such as fishes and reptiles. This paper records the occurrence of Camallanus trispinosus in a captive Indian star tortoise of Guindy snake park, Chennai, India for the first time during necropsy and identified on the basis of morphology of male and female worms, including eggs.

Keywords

Camallanus trispinosus Tortoise Geochelone elegans India 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Jeyathilakan
    • 1
  • M. Raman
    • 1
  • M. G. Jayathangaraj
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary ParasitologyMadras Veterinary CollegeChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Wild Life SciencesMadras Veterinary CollegeChennaiIndia

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