2002
DOI: 10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[1268:rbhpad]2.0.co;2
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Relationship Between Helminth Parasites and Demographic Attributes of a Population of the Subterranean Rodent Ctenomys talarum (Rodentia: Octodontidae)

Abstract: The helminth parasite fauna of a natural population of the octodontid, Ctenomys talarum, was studied. Parasites that were found included the nematodes Heligmostrongylus sp. and Trichuris sp. Total prevalence of parasitism was 92.3%, mean intensity of infection was 22.7 worms, and mean abundance was 21 worms. Prevalence and mean abundance of infection with Heligmostrongylus sp. were higher in C. talarum males relative to females. Ecological and physiological causes, as well as the mating system of the host spec… Show more

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“…Extrinsic factors such as rainfall and temperature, on the other hand, often act on the parasite directly, resulting in variation in the spatial and temporal distribution of parasites (Poulin, 2007). Such extrinsic factors and, as a consequence, the distribution of parasites often differ between habitats, and, accordingly, habitat use can determine the exposure of hosts to parasites (Froeschke et al, 2010).It has repeatedly been noted that the subterranean niche of fossorial rodents may limit their exposure to parasites, and this has been linked to the low parasite species richness encountered in a number of subterranean rodents (Gardner, 1985;Hafner et al, 2000;Rossin and Malizia, 2002;Rossin et al, 2010). Rodents from a range of families have adapted to a subterranean lifestyle, and, despite their diverse origin, they show remarkable similarities with respect to morphology, physiology, and basic life history traits.…”
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“…Extrinsic factors such as rainfall and temperature, on the other hand, often act on the parasite directly, resulting in variation in the spatial and temporal distribution of parasites (Poulin, 2007). Such extrinsic factors and, as a consequence, the distribution of parasites often differ between habitats, and, accordingly, habitat use can determine the exposure of hosts to parasites (Froeschke et al, 2010).It has repeatedly been noted that the subterranean niche of fossorial rodents may limit their exposure to parasites, and this has been linked to the low parasite species richness encountered in a number of subterranean rodents (Gardner, 1985;Hafner et al, 2000;Rossin and Malizia, 2002;Rossin et al, 2010). Rodents from a range of families have adapted to a subterranean lifestyle, and, despite their diverse origin, they show remarkable similarities with respect to morphology, physiology, and basic life history traits.…”
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“…It has repeatedly been noted that the subterranean niche of fossorial rodents may limit their exposure to parasites, and this has been linked to the low parasite species richness encountered in a number of subterranean rodents (Gardner, 1985;Hafner et al, 2000;Rossin and Malizia, 2002;Rossin et al, 2010). Rodents from a range of families have adapted to a subterranean lifestyle, and, despite their diverse origin, they show remarkable similarities with respect to morphology, physiology, and basic life history traits.…”
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