Collyriclosis in Central European hirundines

Petr Heneberg, Tibor Szép, Tomasz Iciek, Ivan Literák

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Cutaneous monostome trematode Collyriclum faba (Bremser in Schmalz 1831) is a digenetic flatworm with unknown life cycle. Here, we provide the first compelling evidence that despite low prevalence of the parasite, European hirundines are parasitized by this species. First host record for sand martin (Riparia riparia) and first European host record for barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) is provided. The birds were captured and checked in ten European and Middle Eastern countries, stretching from Ireland to Bahrain, but only samples from Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) were positive for C. faba. In total, 164,582 sand martins and 100,443 barn swallows were examined, and seven and two birds had cutaneous C. faba cysts. Even though over 40% of the birds captured were juveniles, all but one infected individuals were adults, equally both males and females. The prevalence of the parasite on Central European hirundines were calculated as one in 20,641 for sand martins and one in 4,484 for barn swallows. All the infected birds were captured in close vicinity of water bodies. All the cysts were found close to the vent or on the legs. No adverse effects on its bird hosts were observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-706
Number of pages8
JournalParasitology research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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