Molecular characterization of Calodium hepaticum in grey dwarf hamster (Cricetulus migratorius)

Bölükbaş C. S., Demirtaş S., Gürler A. T., İnal S., Açıcı M., Umur Ş.

PARASITOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.78, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 78
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.parint.2020.102133
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Hepatic capillariosis, Cricetinae, Histopathology, Bayesian tree, Network analysis, Phylogenetic relationship, CAPILLARIA-HEPATICA
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Calodium hepaticum (Bancroft, 1893) Moravec, 1982 (Syn. Capillaria hepatica) is a zoonotic nematode that causes hepatic capillariosis, an uncommon zoonotic infection. The nematode is globally distributed and parasitizes the liver of mammals, mainly Muroidea. Cricetulus migratorius Pallas, 1773 (Cricetinae) was rarely reported as a host for C. hepaticum. In Turkey, C. hepaticum was recorded in three rodent species; Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus, and Apodemus flavicollis. In this study, C. migratorius (grey dwarf hamster) has been identified as a new host species for C. hepaticum in Turkey. The parasite was identified by morphological, histological, and molecular methods and the phylogenetic relationships of C. hepaticum collected from different hosts were revealed. This is the first molecular characterization of C. hepaticum from a grey dwarf hamster.