Kuwait-University-Journal-of-Law-header
Search
Kuwait Journal of Science

Previous Issues

Advance Search
Year : From To Vol
Issue Discipline:
Author

Volume :31 Issue : 1 2004      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The eye fluke Philophthalmus hegeneri (Digenea: Philophthalmidae) in Kuwait Bay

Auther : J. ABDUL-SALAM, B. S. SREELATHA AND H. ASHKANANI

 Department of Biological Sciences, Kuwait University, P. O. Box 5969, Safat, Kuwait 13060

ABSTRACT

The eye fluke Philophthalmus hegeneri Penner and Fried, 1963 was reared from cercariae developing in the marine snail Cerithium scabridum in Kuwait Bay. Infected snails released megalurous cercariae which readily encysted in characteristically flask-shaped cysts. Adult flukes were recovered from the ocular orbit of experimentally infected domestic ducklings inoculated with excysted metacercariae. The adult and larval stages of the fluke are described and compared with those of the other marine-acquired Philophthalmus species. The metacercaria of the Kuwaiti isolate of P. hegeneri differs from those of an American isolate from Batillaria minima in the Gulf of Mexico in the process of encystment, and metacercarial cyst shape resembles those of P. larsoni from a congeneric snail, C. muscarum, from Florida, suggesting a close relationship. The present record significantly extends the known geographical range of P. hegeneri and implicates a new intermediate host.

Keywords: Digenea; Metacercaria; Philophthalmus hegeneri; Cerithium scabridum; Kuwait Bay.

Kuwait Journal of Science
Journal of Law

You are Visitor No.

55210

Journal of Law
Journal of Law
Tell your friendsJournal of Law
Journal of Law

Last Updated

Jun 19, 2012

Journal of Law
Journal of Law
Journal of Law

Please enter your email Here to receive our news

Journal of Law