Lecithodendrium linstowi is one of the most prevalent and abundant trematodes of bats, but the larval stages and intermediate hosts have not been identified. We present the first molecular and morphological characterization of the cercariae of L. linstowi based on a phylogenetic analysis of partial fragments of LSU and ITS2 rDNA. The first intermediate host was incriminated as Radix balthica by DNA barcoding using cox1 and ITS2 sequences, although the snail morphologically resembled Radix peregra, emphasizing the requirement for molecular identification of lymnaeids as important intermediate hosts of medical and veterinary impact. The application of molecular data in this study has enabled linkage of life cycle stages and accurate incrimination of the first intermediate host.
- Cercaria/anatomy & histology
- Cyclooxygenase 1/genetics
- DNA Barcoding, Taxonomic
- DNA, Ribosomal
- DNA, Ribosomal Spacer/genetics
- Life Cycle Stages/genetics
- Trematode Infections/parasitology