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Cyclic and non-cyclic dynamics in populations of the helminth parasites of wood mice, Apodemus sylvaticus.
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PMID:  3372984     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two populations of Apodemus sylvaticus, one in deciduous woodland and another in coniferous forest in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, were trapped at monthly intervals over 33 months. The dynamics, reproduction and age structure of the mouse populations differed between years with over a 40 fold range of population size. Nine species of helminths were recovered from the alimentary tract and associated organs of the mice. The prevalence and mean worm burden of the cestodes, Catenotaenia lobata, Hymenolepis hibernia and Taenia taeniaeformis varied erratically. The trematodes, Corrigia vitta and to a lesser degree Brachylaima recurva, had seasonal changes in abundance. The nematodes Capillaria murissylvatici and Nematospiroides dubius had strongly seasonal cycles of abundance associated with the onset of host reproduction. Trichuris muris was the rarest helminth. Despite protracted periods of absence this species maintained a seasonal increase in mean worm burden in late winter. The nematode, Syphacia stroma, had a weakly seasonal pattern of dynamics. The bases of these cyclical and non-cyclical dynamics of the helminths of A. sylvaticus are discussed.
S S Montgomery; W I Montgomery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of helminthology     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0022-149X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Helminthol.     Publication Date:  1988 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-24     Completed Date:  1988-06-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985115R     Medline TA:  J Helminthol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology, Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Helminthiasis / epidemiology,  parasitology
Helminthiasis, Animal*
Helminths / growth & development*
Muridae / parasitology*
Northern Ireland
Rodent Diseases / epidemiology,  parasitology*

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