Toxocara cati (Nematoda, Ascarididae) in different wild feline species in Brazil: new host records

Moisés Gallas, Eliane Fraga da Silveira


This is the first detailed description of Toxocara cati parasitizing felines in South America. Seventeen run over wild felines (Leopardus colocolo, Leopardus geoffroyi, Leopardus tigrinus, and Puma yagouaroundi) were collected from different towns in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The morphometry of males and females allowed the identification of specimens as being T. cati. The helminths were found in the stomach and intestine of hosts with prevalences of 66.6% in L. colocolo, L. geoffroyi, and L. tigrinus; and 60% in P. yagouaroundi. The ecological parameters were calculated for each host and L. colocolo had the highest infection intensity (22.5 helminths/ host). This is the first report of T. cati parasitizing four wild felines species in southern Brazil, besides a new record of this parasite for two host species.


Felines; Leopardus; Puma; southern Brazil; Toxocara

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