The effect of habitat on the helminth parasites of an island population of the Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans)

Journal Article

Season influenced Brachylaima apoplania, Capillaria sp., Heterakis spumosa and Mastophorus muris but had little or no detectable effect on Capillaria hepatica, Hymenolepis diminuta or Syphacia muris. Of the two intrinsic variables, age but not sex, had an effect. In a prior study on the influence of habitat on host population dynamics, between-habitat differences were shown to include adult longevity, total population density and the seasonal availability and abundance of various food types. These factors, together with physical difference in the microhabitat and the parasite's life cycle, help to provide explanations for the observed results. -from Authors

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Roberts, M; Rodrigo, A; McArdle, B; Charleston, WAG

Published Date

  • 1992

Published In

  • Journal of Zoology

Volume / Issue

  • 227 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 109 - 125