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Nematodes and trematodes associated with terrestrial gastropods in Nottingham, England

Andrus, P. S.; Rae, R.; Wade, C. M.

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P. S. Andrus

R. Rae


A parasitological survey of terrestrial slugs and snails was conducted at popular dog walking locations across the city of Nottingham, with the intensions of finding gastropods infected with parasites of medical (or veterinary) importance such as lungworm (metastrongyloid nematodes) and trematodes. A total of 800 gastropods were collected from 16 sites over a 225 km2 area. The extracted nematodes and trematodes were identified by molecular barcoding. Of the 800 gastropods collected, 227 were infected (172 had nematode infections, 37 had trematode infections and 18 had both nematode and trematode infections). Of the nematode infected gastropods genotyped, seven species were identified, Agfa flexilis, Angiostoma gandavense, Angiostoma margaretae, Cosmocerca longicauda, Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita, Phasmarhabditis neopapillosa and an unknown Cosmocercidae species. Of the trematode infected gastropods genotyped, four species were identified, Brachylaima arcuate, Brachylaima fuscata, Brachylaima mesostoma and an unknown Plagiorchioidea species. No lungworm species were found within the city of Nottingham. To our knowledge, this study represents the first survey of gastropod-associated nematodes and trematodes in the East midlands of the United Kingdom.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 2, 2022
Publication Date Nov 2, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 9, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2023
Journal Journal of Helminthology
Print ISSN 0022-149X
Electronic ISSN 1475-2697
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Article Number e81
Keywords Animal Science and Zoology; General Medicine; Parasitology
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