The genus Philophthalmus, Looss 1899 (Echinostoma: Philophthalmidae) is a cosmopolitan group of parasites that infects the eyes of birds and mammals, including humans. A great egret (Ardea alba) was found dead in Kızılırmak Delta, Samsun, Turkey. The bird was transported to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun Turkey, for a necropsy. In the parasitological examination, a trematode was detected in the eye, and then it was identified as Philophthalmus lucipetus. This is the first report of the zoonotic parasite P. lucipetus in Turkey.
Ardea alba, eye fluke, Philophthalmus lucipetus, zoonosis
ÖZTÜRK, MEHMET and UMUR, ŞİNASİ
"The first record of Philophthalmus lucipetus (Trematoda: Philophthalmidae) in the great egret (Ardea alba) from Turkey,"
Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences: Vol. 47:
3, Article 15.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/veterinary/vol47/iss3/15