Presence of Porocephalus clavatus (Arthropoda: Porocephalidae) in Peruvian Boidae snakes

Luis A. Gomez-Puerta, María T. Lopez-Urbina, Armando E. Gonzalez

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The pentastome species, Porocephalus clavatus, has been found to infect the lungs of two species of snakes in the family Boidae family (Boa constrictor and Epicrates cenchria). The individual of B. constrictor was collected in the Amazonian rainforest of Departamento Loreto, Peru. The E. cenchria was recovered from the pet trade in Lima, Peru's capital city. A total of 22 P. clavatus were collected and examined from these two snakes. This is the first report of P. clavatus in Peru. The morphology of the parasites and the possible importance in public and animal health are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-381
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - Sep 27 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Boa
  • Pentastome
  • Pentastomiasis
  • Pet
  • Porocephalus clavatus
  • Zoonosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)


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