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Studies on Austrobilharzia terrigalensis (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) in the swan estuary, Western Australia: Infection in the definitive host, Larus novaehollandiae

Appleton, C.C. (1983) Studies on Austrobilharzia terrigalensis (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) in the swan estuary, Western Australia: Infection in the definitive host, Larus novaehollandiae. International Journal for Parasitology, 13 (3). pp. 249-259.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0020-7519(83)90036-X
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Abstract

The prevalence of Austrobilharzia terrigalensis infection in the Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae) population of the Swan Estuary, Western Australia was shown from autopsies to be 80.7% with a median worm load of five pairs. Maximum egg-output was recorded about 3 weeks after the first eggs were voided in the faeces of experimentally-infected birds. Few worms were thought to live longer than 2-3 months. Egg-output from naturally infected L. novaehollandiae was generally low, with a median rate of 24 eggs/g for birds living within 125 km radius of Perth. The liver, duodenum and small intestine were the organs most heavily involved in A. terrigalensis infection.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/33664
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