ACUARIA spp - SYNHIMATHUS spp - DISPHARYNX spp, parasitic roundworms of POULTRY - chicken, turkey, geese, etc. Biology, prevention and control.
Acuaria is a genus of parasitic roundworms that infects numerous domestic birds (chickens, turkeys, pigeons, guinea fowls, etc.). These worms are not as frequent as other gastrointestinal roundworms of poultry (e.g. Ascaridia spp, Capillaria spp, Heterakis spp), but prevalence can be as high as 50%.
The most relevant species for poultry are:
- Acuaria spiralis = Dispharynx spiralis = Dispharynx nasuta = Synhimantus nasuta, found mainly in America, Africa and Asia.
- Acuaria hamulosa = Cheilospirura hamulosa, known also as thegizzard worm, found mainly in Africa (up to 50% prevalence), but reported also in America and Asia.