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Temporal and between-site variation in helminth communities of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) from N.E. Poland. 2. The infracommunity level

  • J. M. BEHNKE (a1), A. BAJER (a2), P. D. HARRIS (a1), L. NEWINGTON (a1), E. PIDGEON (a1), G. ROWLANDS (a1), C. SHERIFF (a1), K. KULIŚ-MALKOWSKA (a2), E. SIńSKI (a2), F. S. GILBERT (a1) and C. J. BARNARD (a1)...


The relative importance of temporal and spatial effects was assessed in helminth communities of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) in 3 woodland sites in N.E. Poland in the late summers of 1999 and 2002. Among common species the rank order of sites in relation to prevalence and abundance of infection was maintained between surveys. Site effects accounted for most of the deviance (in statistical models), and time was less important, so the exact location from which voles were sampled was of critical importance. The only exception was Syphacia petrusewiczi. In contrast, for derived measures such as species richness and diversity, most deviance was accounted for by host age, and the interaction between site and year was significant, implying that rank order of sites changed between years. Temporal effects on derived measures were generated primarily by a combination of relatively small changes in prevalence and abundance of the common, rather than the rare, species between the years of the study. In the medium-term, therefore, helminth communities of bank voles in N.E. Poland had a stable core, suggesting a substantial strong element of predictability.


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Temporal and between-site variation in helminth communities of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) from N.E. Poland. 2. The infracommunity level

  • J. M. BEHNKE (a1), A. BAJER (a2), P. D. HARRIS (a1), L. NEWINGTON (a1), E. PIDGEON (a1), G. ROWLANDS (a1), C. SHERIFF (a1), K. KULIŚ-MALKOWSKA (a2), E. SIńSKI (a2), F. S. GILBERT (a1) and C. J. BARNARD (a1)...


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