Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Oslerus rostratus

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_4794

This nematode (feline lungworm) belongs to the so-called Metastrongylida. It parasitizes inside the peribronchial tissues and lung parenchyma of wild and domestic cats. Formerly this worm was named Anafilaroides rostratus. Related species are Troglostrongylusbrevior and A. abstrusus. The adult female and male worms measure 19–25 and 10–15 mm in length, respectively. The larvae develop in a large range of molluscs (snails of the genera Achatina, Helix, Laevicaulis, Mariella), where they reach infectivity within 20–56 days.

Further Reading

  1. Brianti E et al (2014) Feline lungworm Oslerus rostratus in Italy: first case report and histopathology. Parasitol Res 113:3853–3857Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany