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Hadjelia truncata Creplin , 1825 (Spirurida : Habronematodae) in the Red-backed shrike Lanius collurio Linnaeus, 1758 (Passeriformes: Laniidae) collected in Baghdad city, central Iraq

Azhar A. Al-Moussawi

Iraq Natural History Museum, University of Baghdad, Bab Al-Muadham, Baghdad, Iraq

Key words: Spirurid nematode, Hadjelia truncata, Shrike, Lanius collurio, Baghdad, Iraq.


98400Examination of the gizzards of ten Lanius collurio Linnaeus, 1758 collected from Baghdad city for the period from September to December, 2013 showed that one male infected with six Hadjelia truncata Creplin, 1825 . Description for males and females of the nematode is provided and compared with the pertinent literature. The presence of the adults and larval stages of insects, which are the probable intermediate hosts for H. truncata, in the food of L. collurio revealed that this bird is insectivorous. Reporting H. truncata from L. collurio in the present study constitutes the first record for this parasite from this bird in Iraq.


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