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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 1993 Jul-Sep;88(3):487-9.

On the diversity of mollusc intermediate hosts of Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Cespedes, 1971 in southern Brazil.

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Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil.


Veronicellid slugs are considered the most important intermediate hosts of Angiostrongylus costaricensis, an intra-arterial nematode of rodents. Studies undertaken in three localities in southern Brazil led to identification of molluscs other than veronicellid slugs as hosts of A. costaricensis: Limax maximus, Limax flavus and Bradybaena similaris. These data indicate a low host specificity of larval stages of A. costaricensis, as it has been reported to other congeneric species.

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