Speaking with a forked tongue: pentastomid parasites in man’s best friend

Tue16  Apr12:48pm(3 mins)
Renold C9
Dr Shokoofeh Shamsi


S Shamsi1
1 Charles Sturt University, Australia


Pentastomids are obligate arthropod parasites that are found in the lymph nodes, liver and lungs of various species of livestock. In this presentation pentastomid parasites from four continents are morphologically and genetically characterised and their phylogenetic relationship is investigated. Our results shows presence of new species in Australia and Africa and suggest transmission of the parasite from Palearctic region to Europe and other countries may have occurred. The outcome if this project is essential for future biosecurity plans in Australia to prevent entry of parasites.

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