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Learedius learedi Price 1934 (Digenea, Spirorchiidae) in Chelonia mydas Linnaeus 1758 (Testudines, Chelonidae) in Brazil: case report

DOI: 10.1590/S0102-09352006000400016

Keywords: learedius learedi, spirorchiidae, chelonia mydas, chelonidae, new host.

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this study reports the occurrence of learedius learedi price 1934 (digenea, spirorchiidae) in chelonia mydas linnaeus 1758 (testudines, chelonidae) in brazil. eleven animals were included in this study, 54.6 % of them were parasitized. two hundred and fifty five parasite specimens were recovered from heart, liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, mesenterium, and body wash. results contribute to the knowledge about the helminthofauna of marine chelonian and their geographical distribution. this is the first report of l. learedi in the southwestern atlantic.

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