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Role of dung beetle feeding mechanisms in limiting the suitability of species as hosts for the nematode Spirocerca lupi.
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PMID:  22712430     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Various species of dung beetle serve as intermediate hosts after ingesting the embryonated eggs (11-15 × 30-37 µm) of Spirocerca lupi (Spirurida: Spirocercidae) in dog faeces. The feeding mechanisms of coprophagous dung beetles restrict the size of the food particles they can ingest and hence may determine which species can be efficient vectors for S. lupi. In this study, we aimed to exclude certain dung beetle species as possible hosts of S. lupi based on whether or not they ingested latex beads of known diameters mixed into fresh cattle dung. We found that the majority (11/14) of species tested can potentially serve as intermediate hosts of S. lupi because their mouthparts allow the passage of food particles larger than the minimum size range of the eggs of this parasite.
C A DU Toit; P Holter; H Lutermann; C H Scholtz
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2915     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 University of Pretoria Medical and Veterinary Entomology © 2012 The Royal Entomological Society.
Scarab Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa Department of Biology, Terrestrial Ecology Section, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Mammal Research Institute, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
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