Parasitology Research

, Volume 116, Issue 8, pp 2327–2333 | Cite as

Molecular characterization of Blastocystis sp. in captive wild animals in Qinling Mountains

  • G. H. Zhao
  • X. F. Hu
  • T. L. Liu
  • R. S. Hu
  • Z. Q. Yu
  • W. B. Yang
  • Y. L. Wu
  • S. K. YuEmail author
  • J. K. SongEmail author
Short Communication


Blastocystis is one common protist inhabiting in gastrointestinal tracts of animals and humans. Examining the subtypes has important implications for assessing the zoonotic potential of Blastocystis and intestinal health of hosts. In the present study, a total of 497 fecal samples collected from 37 wild animal species in Qinling Mountains were investigated for the presence and subtypes of Blastocystis. Of them, 200 (40.2%) were positive for Blastocystis and 13 subtypes were found, including eight known subtypes (STs1–3, 5, 10, 12–14) and five possible novel subtypes (temporarily named as STs18–22), with ST10 as the predominate subtype and the subtype ST5 was detected in an ostrich for the first time. These findings indicated the wide distribution and specific subtype characteristics of Blastocystis in wild animals of Qinling Mountains.


Blastocystis Subtypes Wild animals Qinling Mountains 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. H. Zhao
    • 1
  • X. F. Hu
    • 1
  • T. L. Liu
    • 1
  • R. S. Hu
    • 1
  • Z. Q. Yu
    • 1
  • W. B. Yang
    • 1
  • Y. L. Wu
    • 2
  • S. K. Yu
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. K. Song
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Veterinary MedicineNorthwest A&F UniversityYanglingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Xian Qinling Wildlife ParkXianPeople’s Republic of China

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