Helminth communities of wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) on the river Avena (Calabria, southern Italy)
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Department of Ecology, University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci s/n I-87036 Rende, Cosenza, Italy
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia "A. Mirri", Via G. Marinuzzi 3, 90129 Palermo, Italy
Laboratory of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, Avda Diagonal s/n 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Department of Population Biology, Institute of Vertebrate Biology, 16 Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-675 02 Konesin, Studenec 17 122, Czech Republic
Publication date: 2011-02-09
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2010;21(2)
Helminth parasites of woodmouse Apodemus sylvaticus were studied from May 1993 through to June 1994 on the River Avena (Calabria, southern Italy), which, as other Mediterranenan rivers, is dry for most of the year. Trapping sites were located in three different habitats of the river: slopes, shores and the riverbed. A total of 106 animals was captured and screened for the presence of helminths. Five endoparasitic species were detected: Corrigia vitta, Rictularia proni, Heligmosomoides polygyrus, Syphacia stroma and S. frederici. Four helminth species were recorded from the riverbed and shore sections, whereas only H. polygyrus and S. frederici were found on the slopes. Syphacia frederici occurred at every trapping site. The total prevalence was 25.5% and total mean intensity was 27.2 parasites/mouse. No statistical significant difference was found for both the prevalence and mean intensity of infection between either habitats or sexes, suggesting that, from the point of view of the helminth community, the study area should be considered as a single habitat.
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