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PRE-RECORDED: THE STATUS OF THE PENTASTOMID, LINGUATULA SERRATA, IN AUSTRALIA. (ID 724)
Linguatula serrata, an obligate pentastomid parasite of mammals, has a cosmopolitan distribution, however, until 2017, there had only been a handful of reports of L. serrata in Australian animals. As such, L. serrata was considered a rare, and even accidental, parasite in Australia.
Over the past few years the Parasitology Laboratory at Charles Sturt University has undertaken a number of projects looking at the distribution, morphology and molecular characterisation of L. serrata in Australia.
The prevalence and distribution of L. serrata in Australia was found to be significant within certain environmental regions. New intermediate and definitive hosts have been recorded, including both introduced and native Australian animals. Molecular characterisation has shown the specimens to be L. serrata, although analyses have raised doubts on identifications of other specimens around the world.
This talk will present a summary of the recent work conducted within our laboratory on L. serrata in Australia, and also some related species of Linguatula from other areas of the world.