A systematic review of Contracaecum species (Nematoda: Anisakidae) infecting Australian piscivorous birds

Shokoofeh Shamsi (Presenter)

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Parasitic nematodes of the genus Contracaecum (family: Anisakidae) often occur in large numbers in the stomach of Australian piscivorous birds such as Australian pelican, little penguin or species of cormorants and may cause clinical signs. The population of some piscivorous birds in Australia is declining and, despite the abundance of these parasites, our knowledge about various aspects of the biology and ecology of the Contracaecum spp in Australia is poor. Contracaecum spp are also of zoonotic importance and there has been a recent report of human infection with Contracaecum larvae in the country. In this presentation, diversity of Contracaecum spp and their life cycle is reviewed followed by a discussion on the importance and potential health impacts of these parasites on Australian piscivorous birds. This study provides some fundamental knowledge which is essential in any conservation studies of birds and aquatic associated animals.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event3rd International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife - Skukuza Kruger National Park, Skukuza , South Africa
Duration: 24 Sept 201727 Sept 2017
http://savetcon.co.za/Wildlife_parasites2017/ (Conference website)


Conference3rd International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
OtherThe Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) is delighted to invite you to a three-day international congress on PARASITES OF WILDLIFE, to be held at the state-of-the-art Nombole Mdluli Conference Centre in Skukuza, the main tourist centre of the world-famous Kruger National Park. The optional fourth day (28 September 2017) will be devoted to workshops.

All parasitologists (in the fields of biology, zoology, veterinary science, etc.) are invited to participate. Abstracts of studies on parasites of free-ranging as well as captive wildlife species will be considered for either oral or poster presentation. One of the planned session will focus on the management of parasitoses in captive wildlife.
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