First report of Lymnaea cousini Jousseaume, 1887 naturally infected with Fasciola hepatica (Linnaeus, 1758) (Trematoda: Digenea) in Machachi, Ecuador

  • Villavicencio A Á
  • De Vasconcellos M
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Abstract

We report the first finding of Lymnaea cousini naturally infected with Fasciola hepatica in Ecuador. A sample of 70 snails was collected in April 2005 from a wetland located in a valley at approximately 3000 m a.s.l., near the locality of Machachi, Pichincha Province. The prevalence of natural infection in L. cousini was 31.43%, which is the highest value ever recorded for naturally infected lymnaeid species.

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  • Ecuador
  • Fasciola hepatica
  • Lymnaea cousini

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Authors

  • Ángel Villavicencio A

  • Mauricio Carvalho De Vasconcellos

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