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Helminth fauna of a Japanese golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica).

A Japanese golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica) was found dead in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, and was subjected to necropsy. The necropsy revealed that the entire length of the intestine was filled with several masses of intestinal parasites. The recovered helminths were identified as 1 digenean trematode species, Neodiplostomum reflexum; 2 species of nematodes, Synhimantus species, and larvae of Porrocaecum species; and a single species of Acanthocephala, Centrorhynchus species. Digenea and acanthocephalans were found in massive numbers, obliterating the intestinal lumen, which suggests that the bird died as a result of the parasitic intestinal obstruction. The same type of helminths as those observed in this case was previously recorded in crested serpent eagles (Spilornis cheela perplexus) in Japan, but the present study emphasizes the presence of the 4 species in the Japanese golden eagle as a new host record. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of N reflexum in Japan.

J Zoo Wildl Med. 2012;43:966-970.

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Author:El-Dakhly, K.; El-Nahass, E.S.; Sudo, A.
Publication:Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Article Type:Reprint
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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