Helminthfauna of road-killed cougars (Puma concolor) from the northeastern region of São Paulo state, Brazil

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Benatti, Danise [UNESP]
De Santi, Mariele [UNESP]
Werther, Karin [UNESP]
Tebaldi, José Hairton [UNESP]
Hoppe, Estevam Guilherme Lux [UNESP]

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As the second-largest Neotropical carnivore, cougars (Puma concolor) are especially important for maintenance of the biodiversity and ecosystem health. Five wild adult cougars (Puma concolor), found roadkilled in highways in the Northeastern region of São Paulo, were evaluated in search for parasites. Ten species representing nine families were identified. The most prevalent helminths were Uncinaria bidens, Lagochilascaris major, Spirometra sp., and Oncicola canis, followed by Cylicospirura subaequalis, Toxascaris leonina, Taenia omissa, Echinococcus sp., Filaroides sp. and Oncicola oncicola. It is important to note that some helminths found in this study, such as L. major, Spirometra sp., O. oncicola, O. canis, Echinococcus sp., T. leonina, C. subaequalis, and Filaroides sp. are known to affect domestic carnivores, which may indicate interaction between wild and domestic hosts. This study represents a new host record for four of the species found in cougars, U. bidens, L. major, O. canis, and Filaroides sp., and new locality records for U. bidens, T. leonina, C. subaequalis, and Filaroides sp.



Cestoda, Endoparasites, Felidae, Nematoda, Neotropical region, Wildlife

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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinaria, v. 30, n. 1, 2021.