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1 January 2013 Endoparasites of the Spotted Dusky Salamander, Desmognathus conanti (Caudata: Plethodontidae), from Southern Arkansas, U.S.A
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Twenty-six spotted dusky salamanders (Desmognathus conanti) were collected from 2 counties of south-central Arkansas and examined for endoparasites. Only 3 (12%) were infected; 1 with the digene Brachycoelium salamandrae, 1 with a tetrathyridium of the cestode Mesocestoides sp., and 1 with a larval nematode, Porrocaecum sp., and an acanthocephalan cystacanth. The prevalence of infection for each helminth species was 4%. We document new host records for Mesocestoides sp., Porrocaecum sp., and an echinorhynchid acanthocephalan cystacanth. This is also the first time that Porrocaecum sp. has been reported from a salamander, and only the fourth time Mesocestoides sp. has been reported from salamanders.

The Helminthological Society of Washington
Chris T. McAllister, Charles R. Bursey, Henry W. Robison, and Matthew B. Connior "Endoparasites of the Spotted Dusky Salamander, Desmognathus conanti (Caudata: Plethodontidae), from Southern Arkansas, U.S.A," Comparative Parasitology 80(1), 60-68, (1 January 2013). https://doi.org/10.1654/4586.1
Published: 1 January 2013
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