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1 July 2014 Helminth and Arthropod Parasites of the Ground Skink, Scincella lateralis (Sauria: Scincidae), from Arkansas and Oklahoma, U.S.A
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Seventy-five ground skinks, Scincella lateralis from 13 counties in Arkansas (n  =  55) and McCurtain County, Oklahoma (n  =  20) were collected and examined for helminth and arthropod parasites. Thirty-nine (52%) harbored 1 or more helminth or ectoparasite, including 3 (4%) with the trematode Brachycoelium salamandrae, 2 (3%) with the cestode Oochoristica eumecis, 2 (3%) with acuariid nematode larvae, 15 (20%) with the nematode Oswaldocruzia pipiens, 26 (35%) with the spirurid nematode Physaloptera squamatae, and 2 (3%) with ticks, Ixodes scapularis. Eleven (15%) were concurrently infected with P. squamatae and O. pipiens; O. eumecis and O. pipiens; B. salamandrae and larval acuariids; B. salamandrae and P. squamatae or O. pipiens; or I. scapularis and O. pipiens and/or P. squamatae. We document new host records for O. eumecis and acuariid larvae, and new distributional records are reported for O. eumecis, acuariid larvae, and P. squamatae. In addition, a summary of the helminth and arthropod parasites of S. lateralis is reported.

The Helminthological Society of Washington
Chris T. McAllister, Charles R. Bursey, Matthew B. Connior, Lance A. Durden, and Henry W. Robison "Helminth and Arthropod Parasites of the Ground Skink, Scincella lateralis (Sauria: Scincidae), from Arkansas and Oklahoma, U.S.A," Comparative Parasitology 81(2), (1 July 2014). https://doi.org/10.1654/4682.1
Published: 1 July 2014
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