Protozoan parasites of four species of wild anurans from a local zoo in Malaysia

K. N. Mohammad, Badrul Munir Md. Zain, N. Mohamad, A. H. Zainal-Abidin

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The parasitic protozoan fauna in sixty-six anurans comprising of Duttaphrynus melanostictus, Phrynoidis juxtaspera, Hylarana erythraea and Polypedates leucomystax collected from Zoo Negara Malaysia was investigated. The distribution and prevalence rate of parasitic species in the digestive tract and blood were examined. Seven species of intestinal protozoa (Opalina ranarum, Cepedea dimidiata, Nycthetorus cordiformis, Entamoeba ranarum, Iodamoeba butschlii, Endamoeba blattae, and Tritrichomonas sp.) and two species of blood protozoa (Lankesterella sp. and Trypanosoma sp.) were recorded. Opalina ranarum was the most common protozoan found in the rectum and intestine (prevalence rate: 34.8%) infecting all host species, with P. juxtaspera heavily infected with the parasite, whereas Tritrichomonas sp. was the least prevalent intestinal species infecting only D. melanostictus. Both Lankesterella sp. and Trypanosoma sp. were found in the blood of H. erythraea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-620
Number of pages6
JournalTropical Biomedicine
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Mohammad, K. N., Md. Zain, B. M., Mohamad, N., & Zainal-Abidin, A. H. (2013). Protozoan parasites of four species of wild anurans from a local zoo in Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 30(4), 615-620.

Protozoan parasites of four species of wild anurans from a local zoo in Malaysia. / Mohammad, K. N.; Md. Zain, Badrul Munir; Mohamad, N.; Zainal-Abidin, A. H.

In: Tropical Biomedicine, Vol. 30, No. 4, 12.2013, p. 615-620.

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Mohammad, KN, Md. Zain, BM, Mohamad, N & Zainal-Abidin, AH 2013, 'Protozoan parasites of four species of wild anurans from a local zoo in Malaysia', Tropical Biomedicine, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 615-620.
Mohammad, K. N. ; Md. Zain, Badrul Munir ; Mohamad, N. ; Zainal-Abidin, A. H. / Protozoan parasites of four species of wild anurans from a local zoo in Malaysia. In: Tropical Biomedicine. 2013 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 615-620.
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