Parasites in feral Chelodina longicollis (Shaw, 1794) (Testudines: Pleurodira: Chelidae) in Tasmania

Diane P. Barton, Simon Fearn

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Feral populations of Chelodina longicollis (Shaw, 1794) have established in Tasmania but many aspects of their biology in the wild remain unknown. A number of C. longicollis specimens were available for examination for parasites. Two species of digenean parasites were found in three of the 11 turtles examined: A Choanocotyle sp. and Thrinascotrema brisbanica Jue Sue & Platt, 1999. This is the first report of parasites from feral turtles in Tasmania. Due to the lack of native populations of freshwater turtles in Tasmania, these parasites must also have been introduced to Tasmania and have established life cycles in the new environments. The implications of such introductions, without suitable definitive hosts available to assist in establishing parasite infections, is discussed. An updated list of digenean parasites reported from Australian freshwater turtles is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


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