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Parasites from Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) stranded in Hong Kong.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11465264     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Between 1993 and 1998, 28 Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and 32 finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocoenoides) stranded in Hong Kong territorial waters were examined postmortem for parasites. The nematode Halocercus pingi was discovered in the lungs of one hump-backed dolphin and in 10 finless porpoises, typically within abscesses or granulomata, and they were frequently accompanied by a catarrhal exudate and lesions characteristic of pneumonia. Seven of the 10 finless porpoises were calves with substantial lungworm infections, and three were neonates with visible fetal folds and umbilical remnants, suggesting that H pingi is transferred to the neonate before birth or during lactation. Electron micrographs of H pingi should allow the nematode to be identified by other researchers. An ectoparasitic stalked barnacle (Xenobalanus globicipitis) was recovered from a finless porpoise, the first time that this species of barnacle has been recorded in Hong Kong's territorial waters.
E C Parsons; R M Overstreet; T A Jefferson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary record     Volume:  148     ISSN:  0042-4900     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Rec.     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-23     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031164     Medline TA:  Vet Rec     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  776-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Parasitology, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS 39564, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dolphins / parasitology*
Hong Kong
Nematoda / isolation & purification*,  ultrastructure
Nematode Infections / parasitology,  pathology,  veterinary*
Pneumonia / parasitology,  pathology,  veterinary*
Porpoises / parasitology*
Thoracica / classification

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