First Parasitological Data on a Wild Grey Wolf in Turkey with Morphological and Molecular Confirmation of the Parasites

Erol U. , Danyer E., Sarımehmetoğlu H. O. , Ütük A. E.

Acta Parasitologica, vol.66, no.2, pp.687-692, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Letter
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11686-020-00311-1
  • Title of Journal : Acta Parasitologica
  • Page Numbers: pp.687-692



The grey wolf (Canis lupus) is the natural host of many parasites. These animals travel quite long distances to search for prey and nests, causing parasites to spread over large areas; therefore, determination of the parasites carried by grey wolves is important.


In this study, we used both morphological and molecular methods for parasitological identification of helminth species. For this purpose, the material obtained after necropsy was examined by macroscopic, microscopic, and molecular (multiplex PCR and DNA sequencing) methods.


No pathological lesions and parasites were detected in the macroscopic examination of the trachea, lungs, heart, liver, spleen, stomach, and kidneys. The parasites collected from the intestines and diaphragm muscles were identified as Taenia hydatigenaMesocestoides litteratus and Trichinella britovi.


The aim of this study was to determine the helminth species in a dead grey wolf from wildlife. To the best of our knowledge, with this study, Taenia hydatigenaMesocestoides litteratus and Trichinella britovi were detected for the first time in a grey wolf in Turkey.