CONTRACAECUMRUDOLPHII HARTWICH, 1964 (NEMATODA: ANISAKIDAE) IN THE CORMORANT PHALACROCORAXCARBO (LINNAEUS, 1758) WINTERING IN BAGHDAD AREA: A NEW HOST RECORD IN IRAQ

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CONTRACAECUMRUDOLPHII HARTWICH, 1964 (NEMATODA: ANISAKIDAE) IN THE CORMORANT PHALACROCORAXCARBO (LINNAEUS, 1758) WINTERING IN BAGHDAD AREA: A NEW HOST RECORD IN IRAQ


 
Azhar A. Al-Moussawi
Mohammad K. Mohammad
Iraq Natural History Research Center and Museum University of Baghdad, Bab Al-Muadham, Baghdad, Iraq


ABSTRACT

The ascaroid nematode Contracaecum rudolphii was recovered in large numbers from the digestive tract of Phalacrocorax carbo collected in Baghdad area, Central Iraq. The infection rates of the two sexes of the bird and some meristic and morphometric characters of the parasite that allowed species determination of the nematode Contracaecum rudolphii were discussed. This finding represents a new host record for this nematode in Iraq.
Key words: cormorant; Phalacrocorax carbo; Contracaecum rudolphii, nematoda, Anisakidae.




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