An injured free-ranging Australasian darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) presented weak and dehydrated. There was radiographic evidence of coelomitis. Faecal examination revealed capillarid and eustrongylid eggs. Despite treatment, the bird died. On necropsy eustrongylid nematodes were found to perforate the ventriculus causing an exudative peritonitis and airsacculitis. Histologically, there was extensive granulomatous inflammation associated with eustrongylid nematodes in the oesophagus, proventriculus and ventriculus, and a severe diffuse verminous coelomitis. This case represents the first report of verminous coelomitis in an Australasian darter.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Eolophus : Journal of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|