Helminth Parasites of Yellow-Legged Gull Larus michahellis (Charadriiformes) from Bursa, Turkey

Yıldırımhan H. S.

COMPARATIVE PARASITOLOGY, vol.89, no.2, pp.102-105, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 89 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.102-105
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The yellow-legged gull, Larus michahellis, is a common gull that exists in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Their broad diet makes them especially susceptible to a variety of helminths. We conducted a survey of intestinal helminths of L. michahellis to determine the diversity of intestinal parasites. Thirty-five yellow-legged gulls were necropsied, and helminths were examined via light microscopy. Twenty-three of 35 (65%) of hosts examined were infected with the following helminths: 6 Digenea species (Acanthotrema armataBrachylaima aspersaeCryptocotyle linguaDiplostomum spathaceumKnipowitschiatrema sp., and Stephanoprora denticulata); 5 Cestode species (Alcotaenia microcanthaDiphyllobothrium dentriticumMicrosomacanthus ductilisMonopylidium galbulae, and Tetrabothrius erostris); and 2 Nematode species (Contracaecum rudolphii and Synhimanthus sp.). Herein, the intestinal parasite diversity of yellow-legged gulls from Turkey is reported, and new geographical records are documented.