Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 40 (2) July 2012
First pathological report of parasitic gastric ulceration in Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) along the coast of south-central Chile.
This report offers a macroscopic and histological description of ulcerative gastric lesions in Humboldt penguins associated with the presence of Contracaecum pelagicum. Parasites of this genus have been isolated from different species of marine mammals and birds, including penguins, demonstrating its capacity to generate ulcerative lesions in the gastrointestinal tracts of many hosts. A bibliographic review revealed no publications on gastric ulceration by nematodes in Humboldt penguins. Studies carried out in Chile concerning gastrointestinal parasitism by nematodes of the Contracaecum genus in S. humboldti only established the parasite’s taxonomy. This is the first pathological description of a parasitic ulcerative manifestation in the stomach of S. humboldti in the world. The Humboldt penguin is a vulnerable species. Therefore, this study is relevant as it offers a better understanding of the diseases that affect S. humboldti and facilitates the development of strategies intended to recover the population.
Author: Francisco Yáñez, Ítalo Fernández, Víctor Campos V., Miguel Mansilla, Ariel Valenzuela, Hernán González, Cristhian Rodríguez, Meyling Rivas, Katherine Alveal & Ciro Oyarzún

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