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The prevalence and intensity of infection with helminth parasites in Mus spretus from the Setubal Peninsula of Portugal

  • J. M. Behnke (a1), C. Barnard (a1), J. L. Hurst (a1), P. K. McGregor (a1), F. Gilbert (a1) and J. W. Lewis (a2)...


The results of a 5 year study of helminth parasites of Mus spretus, are reported. Six nematode and 5 cestode species were identified but no helminth showed 100% prevalence in M. spretus, the most commonly encountered nematode and cestode species being Syphacia obvelata (46·6%) and Taenia taeniaeformis (22·4%). Among the more unusual helminth species identified was Eucoleus bacillatus, a capillariid nematode inhabiting the stomach musculature. This species was identified in 3 of the 5 years of the study. The results are discussed in the broader context of previous studies and the epidemiology of rodent helminth infections in general.



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