International Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Research
ISSN: 2053-1818
Vol. 5(10), pp. 132-139, December, 2017

Morphological study on parasitic fauna of four species of lizards in Mizoram, India

Gautam Patra1*, Subhamoy Ghosh1, Madhurendra Bachan2, C. Lalnunpuia1, Ajit Kumar2, Apurba Debbarma2, Basanta Saikia3, Seikh Sahanawaz Alam4 and Jayashre Bhagawati5

1Department of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Central Agricultural University, Selesih, Aizawl, India.
2Department of Veterinary Parasitology, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, 37 K. B. Sarani, Kolkata-37, West Bengal, India.
3Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Central Agricultural University, Selesih, Aizawl, India.
4District Microbiologist, Malda Medical College and Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, India.
5FCLA, College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Central Agricultural University, Selesih, Aizawl, India.

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Received 13 November, 2017; Received in revised form 27 November, 2017; Accepted 07 December, 2017.


Lizards, Parasites, SEM, Mizoram, India.

This study revealed the parasitic fauna of different species of lizards from different parts of Mizoram, India. Four different species of lizards, namely House lizard (Hemidactylus flaviviridis, Gekkonidae), Monitor lizard (Varanus indicus, Varanidae), Gecko (Gekko gecko, Gekkonidae) and Chameleon (Chamaeleo zeylanicus, Chameleonidae) were surveyed from different parts of Mizoram, India in an attempt to investigate the prevalence of parasites. Faecal samples were examined by conventional sedimentation and floatation techniques. Lizards that were run over by car or sacrificed underwent post-mortem examination. Blood samples were also examined for the presence of any haemoprotozoan infection. Light microscopy (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were applied for detailed morphological study. The ecto-parasites were identified on the basis of morphology. A total of 69 lizards were examined and found to be infected with three species of nematode (Pharyngodon sp., Rhabdias sp. and Stongyle), one species of trematode (Postorchigenes sp.), three species of tissue protozoa (Eimeria spp., Isospora spp. and Cyclospora spp.) and two species of hamoprotozoa (Trypanosoma sp. and Lankesterella sp.). Only one species of tick belonging to the genus Amblyomma was found on the body surface of monitor lizard. The study clearly indicates that lizards can harbour different parasites which can affect the health status of these reptiles.

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