WERNECK, M. R., VERISSIMO, L., BALDASSIN, P., GAGLIARDI, F., TADASHI, E., WANDERLINDE, J., BAPTISTOTTE, C., MELO, M. T. D., LIMA, E. H., GALLO, B. M. G., SILVA, R. Digenetic trematodes of Dermochelys coriacea from southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Marine Turtle Newsletter. v.132, p.13 – 14, 2012.
Eight dead D. coriacea pecimens (7 from Brazil and 1 from Uruguay), were obtained from January 2005 to November 2006, from strandings on the shoreline (n = 4), from incidental capture in gillnets (n = 2), and from rehabilitation centers (n = 2). The mean curvilinear carapace length (CCL) was 135.7 ± 14.1 SD cm (range = 111.0 to 155.5 cm). Four (50%) D. coriacea specimens were parasitized by trematodes. Only parasites of the digestive system were collected from the small and large intestine. Trematodes of the species P. renicapite were present in all four animals. In the Uruguayan specimen, parasites of the species C. anthoswere also observed. Parasites of the family Spirorchiidae were not found in the four heart samples analyzed.