First data on the helminth fauna of a locally distributed mountain frog, “Tavas frog” Rana tavasensis Baran & Atatür, 1986 (Anura: Ranidae), from the inner-west Anatolian region of Turkey


Abstract: A total of 8 specimens of Rana tavasensis Baran & Atatür, 1986 (Tavas frog) were collected in Denizli Province (inner-west Anatolia, or the eastern part of the Aegean region), Turkey, in 2008 and 2009 and were examined for the first time for helminths. All 8 frogs were infected with 1 or more helminths. The helminth fauna of R. tavasensis comprised 3 species: 1 species of Digenea [Haplometra cylindracea (Zeder, 1800) Looss, 1899], 1 species of Nematoda [Cosmocerca ornata (Dujardin, 1845)], and 1 species of Acanthocephala [Acanthocephalus ranae (Schrank, 1788) Lühe, 1911)]. R. tavasensis represents a new host record for each of the observed helminth species in Turkey.

Keywords: Denizli, helminth, Kızılcabölük, Rana tavasensis, Tavas frog, Turkey

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