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1 July 2003 Helminths of Notophthalmus viridescens (Caudata: Salamandridae) from 118th Pond, Michigan, U.S.A
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One hundred and three newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) collected in 2001 from 118th Pond, Allegan County, Michigan, U.S.A., were examined for parasites. Four helminth taxa (Megalodiscus temperatus, an undetermined metacercaria, Falcaustra sp., Spiroxys sp.) infected these newts. Falcaustra sp. was the most prevalent, intense and abundant species. The prevalence of Spiroxys sp. was second only to Falcaustra sp. The prevalence of no helminth taxon exceeded 15.5%, and no helminth was gravid. Thirty-three (32%) newts were infected with 1 helminth species, and 7 (7%) harbored 2 helminth species. In August 2000, gorgoderid metacercariae infected 2 of 6 (33%) newts examined. The helminth fauna of newts from 118th Pond is not host specific because these 5 helminth species also infected green frogs in an earlier study from this pond.

Patrick M. Muzzall, John D. Peterson, and Merritt G. Gillilland III "Helminths of Notophthalmus viridescens (Caudata: Salamandridae) from 118th Pond, Michigan, U.S.A," Comparative Parasitology 70(2), 214-217, (1 July 2003). https://doi.org/10.1654/4066.1
Published: 1 July 2003
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