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Rodentolepis straminea (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae) in an urban population of Apodemus sylvaticus in the UK

  • R.L. Rushworth (a1), B. Boufana (a1), J.L. Hall (a1), V. Brannan (a1), A. Mastin (a1), R.J. Birtles (a1), P.S. Craig (a1) and M.T. Rogan (a1)...

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The presence of the cyclophyllidean cestode Rodentolepis straminea (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae), was confirmed by molecular DNA analysis from a wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) population inhabiting urban woodland in Salford, Greater Manchester (UK) with a prevalence of 27.8%. It would appear that the only previously published record of this species in A. sylvaticus in the British Isles is that from south-west Ireland, where 24% of the wood mice examined were infected with R. straminea. This species has been recorded in studies on A. sylvaticus in continental Europe. The current report represents a new record for R. straminea on mainland Britain and a first study of helminth parasites in an urban wood mouse population.

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Rodentolepis straminea (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae) in an urban population of Apodemus sylvaticus in the UK

  • R.L. Rushworth (a1), B. Boufana (a1), J.L. Hall (a1), V. Brannan (a1), A. Mastin (a1), R.J. Birtles (a1), P.S. Craig (a1) and M.T. Rogan (a1)...

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