New records of endohelminths of the alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) from Arkansas and Louisiana, USA Academic Article uri icon


  • Viscera were collected from alligator snapping turtles, Macroclemys temminckii (Harlan), caught by commercial trappers in Arkansas and Louisiana. A total of 1,708 parasites were recovered from 44 turtles. Endohelminths identified were 4 species of nematodes (Brevimulticaecum tenuicolle Rudolphi, Falcaustra chelydrae Harwood, Falcaustra wardi Mackin, and Serpinema trispinosus Leidy) and 3 species of acanthocephalans (Neoechinorhynchus chrysemydis Cable and Hopp, Neoechinorhynchus emydis Leidy, and Neoechinorhynchus pseudemydis Cable and Hopp). All but F. chelydrae are new records for Macroclemys temminckii.

author list (cited authors)

  • West, M., Scott, T. P., Simcik, S. R., & Elsey, R. M.

complete list of authors

  • West, M||Scott, TP||Simcik, SR||Elsey, RM

publication date

  • January 2000