Occurrence of gastrointestinal Helminths in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

  • Taniza Tabasshum Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Mandira Mukutmoni Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Aleya Begum Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
Keywords: Captive, rhesus macaques, helmench, prevalence, intensity

Abstract

A total of 66 (sixty-six) fresh fecal samples were collected during July 2017 to October 2018 from rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) residing in Bangladesh National Zoo, Dhaka. Samples were analyzed applying formol-ether concentration technique. All the rhesus macaques, irrespective of age and sex, were found to be infested with one or more species of gastrointestinal (GI) helminth parasites. Ascaris spp. was noticed in all the fecal samples. Overall intensity of helminths was higher in male (38.53) that in female (31.04) comprising the maximum (58.08) in adult male (p < 0.005). The highest intensity was of Ascaris spp. (3.33 ± 1.39) and found in adult male hosts. Young female rhesus macaques displayed the maximum intensity of Trichuris spp. (3.56 ± 0.73).

Bangladesh J. Zool. 46(2): 231-237, 2018

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Taniza Tabasshum, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Zoology

Mandira Mukutmoni, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Zoology

Aleya Begum, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Zoology

Published
2018-12-02
How to Cite
Tabasshum, T., Mukutmoni, M., & Begum, A. (2018). Occurrence of gastrointestinal Helminths in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 46(2), 231-237. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjz.v46i2.39065
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