Korean J Parasitol.  1975 Dec;13(2):159-162. 10.3347/kjp.1975.13.2.159.

Prevalence of sparganum of frogs (Rana nigromaculata) in Dae-jeon area, Chung-nam, Korea

  • 1Department of Parasitology, Chungnam University School of Medicine, Korea.


Prevalence of sparganum in the frog (Rana nigromaculata) was surveyed in Dae-jeon city and in suburbs of the city, Chungnam Do. 39 (3.9 per cent) out of 1,011 frogs were infected with the worm, and the highest prevalence rate of sparganum was found the frogs from Shintanjin area(11.3 per cent). Infection rates of sparganum were observed due to the body weight and sex of frogs. The highest infection rate of frogs, the body weight of 50 gms or more, showed 30.3 per cent(female: 41.7 per cent, male: none), on the other hand, no worm was found in young frogs(less than 10 gms). Distribution of sparganum in the frogs was recorded and 82.6 per cent of worms were distributed in the femoral intermuscular connective tissues of the hind legs. Among those infected frogs, number of worm burden was one to five worms, and 53.3 per cent of frogs were infected by only one worm.

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