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Parasite of the Month- Answer July 2020

This parasite is Parafilaroides gymnurus. They are found in the lungs of seals and can cause bronchopnemonia and even death.  Pictured below are the parafilaroides found during a necropsy at NMLC.

 

Sources

Gosselin, J.F., Measures, L, (1997) Redescription of Filaroides (Parafilaroides) gymnurus (Raleigh, 1899) (Nematoda: Metastrongyloidea) with comments on other species in pinnipeds. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75: 359-370

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