Verification of rabbits as intermediate hosts for Linguatula serrata (Pentastomida) in Australia

Di Barton, Ashleigh Baker, Megan Porter, Xiaocheng Zhu, David Jenkins, Shokoofeh Shamsi

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We confirm the presence of nymphs of the introduced pentastomid, Linguatula serrata, in the introduced rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus, in Australia, based on morphological and molecular results. Two nymphs were collected from a single rabbit near the Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales. Unlike reports of nymphs from domestic animals, these nymphs were not encapsulated, despite having the morphological features of infective nymphs. The possibility of different development pathways in lagomorphs is discussed. Examination of feral deer for L. serrata was unsuccessful and potential reasons for a lack of infection in these animals are postulated. Our results reiterate the need for a combined morphological and molecular approach to the identification of L. serrata. Further sampling of a range of feral and native animals is required to determine the true range of intermediate hosts and their relative importance in the transmission of L. serrata in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1562
Number of pages10
JournalParasitology Research
Early online date31 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


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