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A Survey of Gastrointestinal Helminths of the Common Helmet Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Burkina Faso

J. Vercruysse, E. A. Harris, R. A. Bray, M. Nagalo, M. Pangui and D. I. Gibson
Avian Diseases
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1985), pp. 742-745
DOI: 10.2307/1590666
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1590666
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A Survey of Gastrointestinal Helminths of the Common Helmet Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Burkina Faso
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Abstract

Guinea fowls in Burkina Faso (Africa) harbored 13 species of helminth parasites. The two most abundant species were Subulura suctoria and Ascaridia numidae, which comprised 89% of the nematodes. The other nematode species (Gongylonema congolense, Eucoleus annulatus, Synhimantus spiralis, Tetrameres fissispina, and Cyrnea parroti) occurred at low levels. Five species of cestodes and one acanthocephalan were also present. It is likely that guinea fowl act as important reservoir hosts of chicken nematodes. /// Se encontraron 13 especies de parásitos helmintos en gallinas de Guinea en Burkina Faso (Africa). Las dos especies más abundantes fueron Subulura suctoria y Ascaridia numidae, comprendiendo el 89% de los nemátodos. Las otras especies de nemátodos, Gongylonema congolense, Eucoleus annulatus, Synhimantus spiralis, Tetrameres fissispina y Cyrnea parroti, ocurrieron en porcentajes más bajos. También se encontraron 5 especies de céstodos y una de acantocéfalos. Es posible que la gallina de Guinea sea un reservorio importante de nemátodos para aves domésticas.

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