Helminth parasites found in hedgehogs (Erinaceus concolor) from Turkey

ÇIRAK V. Y., ŞENLİK B., AYDOĞDU A., Selver M., Akyol V.

PREVENTIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE, vol.97, no.1, pp.64-66, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 97 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2010.07.007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.64-66
  • Keywords: Hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor), Helminth, Zoonoses, Turkey, EUROPAEUS, CAPILLARIA, ZOONOSES
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Hedgehog diseases are becoming important issues for veterinary surgeons due to growing interest in this animal species among pet owners and an increase in cases of rescued hedgehogs requiring veterinary care. A parasitological study was carried out on hedgehogs (Erinaceus concolor) in the Bursa province of Turkey, found dead mainly due to road casualties, to determine their helminth parasite burden. The detected helminths and their prevalences were as follows: Physaloptera clausa (72.2%), Crenosoma striatum (55.5%), Aonchotheca erinacei (55.5%), Hymenolepis erinacei (55.5%), Nephridiorhynchus major (50%) and Eucoleus aerophilus (22.2%). The number of parasites in infected animals varied from 1 to 203. The highest mean intensity of infection was observed with C striatum, and the lowest was observed with N. major. The mean abundance of different species varied from 0.7 to 41.8, where E. aerophilus and C striatum had the lowest and highest abundance, respectively. This study represents the first time N. major and E. aerophilus have been reported in hedgehogs in Turkey. The presence of E. aerophilus and its potential role as a zoonotic agent are discussed. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.