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

Di Barton (Presenter), 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 Ch. 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 have also 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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jul 2022
Event2022 Australian Society for Parasitology Annual Conference - Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 04 Jul 202207 Jul 2022 (Conference website) (Program and abstracts)


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