Blood parasites (Haemoproteus and microfilariae) in birds from the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica

Benedikt, Vaclav, Barus, Vlastimil, Capek, Miroslav, Havlicek, Martin and Literak, Ivan (2009) Blood parasites (Haemoproteus and microfilariae) in birds from the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica. Acta Parasitologica, 54 3: 197-204. doi:10.2478/s11686-009-0043-1


Author Benedikt, Vaclav
Barus, Vlastimil
Capek, Miroslav
Havlicek, Martin
Literak, Ivan
Title Blood parasites (Haemoproteus and microfilariae) in birds from the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica
Formatted title
Blood parasites (Haemoproteus and microfilariae) in birds from the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica
Journal name Acta Parasitologica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1230-2821
1896-1851
Publication date 2009-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2478/s11686-009-0043-1
Open Access Status
Volume 54
Issue 3
Start page 197
End page 204
Total pages 8
Place of publication Warsaw, Poland
Publisher Polska Akademia Nauk
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We studied blood parasites in wild birds within Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve and Barbilla National Park in Costa Rica during the rainy season of 2004. We examined blood samples from 248 and 114 birds, respectively. Protozoan parasites of the genus Haemoproteus as well as microfilariae were found. Prevalence of Haemoproteus in birds was 0.8% and 4.4% in Hitoy Cerere and Barbilla, respectively, and differences were significant. Prevalence of infection by microfilariae was 8.1% and 3.5%, respectively, however, differences were not significant. Based on morphological characteristics, we divided microfilariae into two groups and nine morphotypes. In Hitoy Cerere, there were microfilariae of all nine morphotypes whereas in Barbilla we only found two morphotypes.
Keyword Blood parasites
Haemoproteus
Microfilariae
Birds
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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