Determinants of helminth infection in a subterranean rodent, the Cape dune mole-rat (Bathyergus suillus)

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dc.contributor.author Lutermann, Heike
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-05T07:26:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-05T07:26:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.description.abstract The helminth fauna of the largest bathyergid, the Cape molerat (Bathyergus suillus) was studied throughout an entire calendar year. The species richness encountered was low, with only 3 species of nematodes (Longistriata bathyergi, Mammalakis macrospiculum, and Trichostrongylus sp.) and 2 species of cestodes (Taenia sp. and Rodentolepis sp.). At less than 10%, the prevalence for all helminths species was similarly low and may be a result of the solitary lifestyle and the subterranean habitat exploited by this rodent. Clear seasonal patterns were apparent for the most common nematode (L. bathyergi), and prevalence and abundance were highest among non-pregnant females compared to males and pregnant females. Dispersal patterns associated with the mating system of the host could explain this pattern. In contrast, the prevalence of the most common cestode (Taenia sp.) was neither determined by season nor host sex, suggesting that foraging habits may constantly expose B. suillus to this parasite. en
dc.description.librarian ab2012 en
dc.description.uri http://asp.unl.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=48 en
dc.identifier.citation Lutermann, H & Bennett, NC 2012, 'Determinants of helminth infection in a subterranean rodent, the Cape dune mole-rat (Bathyergus suillus)', Journal of Parasitology, vol. 98, no. 3, pp. 686-689. en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3395 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1937-2345 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1645/GE-3024.1
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/20640
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher American Society of Parasitologists en
dc.rights © American Society of Parasitologists 2012 en
dc.subject Cape mole-rat en
dc.subject Bathyergus suillus en
dc.subject Helminth en
dc.subject.lcsh Bathyergidae en
dc.subject.lcsh Helminthiasis en
dc.subject.lcsh Parasitic diseases en
dc.title Determinants of helminth infection in a subterranean rodent, the Cape dune mole-rat (Bathyergus suillus) en
dc.type Article en


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