Angiostrongylus species in wild carnivores in the Iberian Peninsula

Vet Parasitol. 2010 Nov 24;174(1-2):175-80. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2010.07.015. Epub 2010 Aug 6.


A survey of Angiostrongylus parasites was carried out between 2003 and 2006 in wild carnivore species in the Basque Country (Northern Spain). Parasitological examination consisted in the dissection of heart and lungs for the extraction of adult worms. Nematodes were identified using morphometrical features and also PCR amplification and sequencing analysis. The animal species included in this study were Eurasian badger (Meles meles), Weasel (Mustela nivalis), Beech marten (Martes foina), Pine marten (Martes martes), Polecat (Mustela putorius), American mink (Mustela vison), Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Wolf (Canis lupus), Wild cat (Felis silvestris), and Small-spotted genet (Genetta genetta). Angiostrongylus parasites were only found in foxes and badgers at prevalences of 33.3% and 24%, respectively. Identification of the nematodes by morphometrical features revealed that foxes were infected with A. vasorum while badgers were infected by a different species of Angiostrongylus most likely A. daskalovi. Sequencing data of the second internal transcribed spacer region of ribosomal DNA (ITS2) of isolates from each species confirmed the species difference. The high prevalence of Angiostrongylus found in the present survey, indicates that the wild cycle of two different species of Angiostrongylus is present in the Basque Country. To our knowledge this is the first report of A. daskalovi in the Iberian Peninsula.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angiostrongylus / classification
  • Angiostrongylus / genetics
  • Angiostrongylus / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild / parasitology
  • Carnivora / parasitology*
  • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer / genetics
  • Heart / parasitology
  • Lung / parasitology
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny
  • Prevalence
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Strongylida Infections / epidemiology
  • Strongylida Infections / veterinary*


  • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer

Associated data

  • GENBANK/GU323341