oa African Zoology - The eggs of some blood-flukes (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) from South African birds

Volume 17, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The eggs of three species of avian schistosomes were recovered from indigenous South African birds. Gigantobilharzia sp. was recorded from the kelp gull, Larus dominicsnus and the gannet, Morus capensis; Austrobilharzia sp. from L. dominicanus, and Trichobilhsrzia sp. from the spurwing goose, Plectropterus gambensis, the Egyptian goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus and L. dominicanus. The morphology of these eggs is compared to that of descriptionbed species of avian schistosomes.

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