The goal of this study was to provide further information about helminth parasites of Virginia opossum Didelphis virginiana Kerr, 1792 from Mexico. During routine faunal investigations between 1958 and 2001, 101 opossum were necropsied. Nineteen taxa of helminths were collected, representing 13 genera from hosts in 27 localities from Mexico. There are 58 new locality records, with 6 species recorded in Mexico for the first time: Brachylaima virginiana Dickerson, 1930; Cruzia americana Mapleston, 1930; Didelphonema longispiculata (Hill, 1939); Didelphostrongylus hayesi Prestwood, 1976; Viannaia didelphis Travassos, 1914; and Viannaia viannai Travassos, 1914. This increases the number of helminth taxa previously known for this host in Mexico to 28.
Helminths of the Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana (Mammalia: Didelphidae) in Mexico
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Anne Monet-Mendoza, David Osorio-Sarabia, Luis García-Prieto; Helminths of the Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana (Mammalia: Didelphidae) in Mexico. J Parasitol 1 February 2005; 91 (1): 213–219. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-273R
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