Variation in ectoparasite infestation on the brown antechinus, Antechinus stuartii, with regard to host, habitat and environmental parameters

Lorch , Dagmar, Fisher, Diana O. and Spratt, David M. (2007) Variation in ectoparasite infestation on the brown antechinus, Antechinus stuartii, with regard to host, habitat and environmental parameters. Australian journal of zoology, 55 3: 169-176. doi:10.1071/ZO06073


Author Lorch , Dagmar
Fisher, Diana O.
Spratt, David M.
Title Variation in ectoparasite infestation on the brown antechinus, Antechinus stuartii, with regard to host, habitat and environmental parameters
Journal name Australian journal of zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-959X
1446-5698
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO06073
Volume 55
Issue 3
Start page 169
End page 176
Total pages 8
Place of publication Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject 0608 Zoology
Abstract We studied ectoparasite infestation patterns in a wild population of brown antechinuses, Antechinus stuartii (Dasyuridae) at three sites in south-eastern New South Wales, over a period of seven months. Ectoparasite diversity on brown antechinuses was particularly high for a small mammal: 18 species of ectoparasites were recorded, including one undescribed species of mite. Ectoparasite infestation varied between study sites and changed seasonally. Variation between sites was related to habitat and environmental parameters, and the highest ectoparasite infestations were encountered in the coolest habitat with greatest depth of leaf litter. Host population densities varied only slightly between sites, and host density was not considered to be a primary factor influencing ectoparasite infestation. This is the first study to provide a host record of ectoparasites of Antechinus stuartii sensu stricto.
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Submitted: 5 September 2006 Accepted: 2 May 2007 Published: 28 June 2007

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