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The helminth community of the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus from the Erro River valley, Navarre, Spain

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2014

A.L. Debenedetti
Affiliation:
Departament de Biologia Cel·lular i Parasitologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100Burjassot-València, Spain
S. Sainz-Elipe
Affiliation:
Departament de Biologia Cel·lular i Parasitologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100Burjassot-València, Spain
S. Sáez-Durán
Affiliation:
Departament de Biologia Cel·lular i Parasitologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100Burjassot-València, Spain
D. Galicia
Affiliation:
Departamento de Zoología y Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Navarra, C/ Irunlarrea s/n, 31006Pamplona, Spain
A. Imaz
Affiliation:
Departamento de Zoología y Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Navarra, C/ Irunlarrea s/n, 31006Pamplona, Spain
M.T. Galán-Puchades
Affiliation:
Departament de Biologia Cel·lular i Parasitologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100Burjassot-València, Spain
M.V. Fuentes*
Affiliation:
Departament de Biologia Cel·lular i Parasitologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100Burjassot-València, Spain
*Corresponding

Abstract

The helminth fauna of the wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus, in the Erro River valley (Navarre, Spain) was investigated from a total of 150 mice between February 2001 and July 2002. An overall prevalence of 90.7% was recorded and up to 14 helminth species identified. The most prevalent species was the nematode Heligmosomoidespolygyrus (78.0%), whereas Syphacia stroma was the species with the highest median abundance (19.8). The detection of Calodium hepaticum, Rodentolepis straminea and the larvae of Hydatigera taeniaeformis are significant, since these helminth species could be considered potential human parasites. The helminth infracommunity comprised no more than five species. A significant predominance of monoxenous species was detected. Statistically significant differences were also found between prevalences, helminth abundance, species richness and helminth diversity of sub-populations of the wood mouse determined by host age and season of capture, which agree with most of the studies carried out on this host. This study will shed light on the helminth community of the wood mouse from a region of Spain which has not previously been documented.

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