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1 October 2001 HELMINTH COMMUNITIES OF GREEN FROGS RANA CLAMITANS LATREILLE, FROM SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
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A total of 239 green frogs Rana clamitans, collected between June 3 and August 27, 1998 from 6 locations in southwestern Michigan, was examined for helminths. Of the 26 helminth taxa found, the larval cestode Mesocestoides sp. had the highest mean intensity, followed by the larval trematode Fibricola sp. Of the helminths that mature in frogs, Haematoloechus varioplexus had the highest prevalence and Gorgodera amplicava had the highest mean intensity. Frogs from 118th Pond had the highest species richness (20), mean helminth species richness (5.2), and mean helminth abundance (153.7). Frogs from Constantine East had the highest mean helminth species diversity (0.8778) and evenness (0.6033), followed by frogs from 118th Pond. In all comparisons of mean helminth community species richness, abundance, diversity, and evenness, adult frogs had significantly higher or higher values than did juveniles at each location. Jaccard's coefficients of similarity for the helminth communities for location pairs ranged from 0.545 to 0.823. Nine and 2 core helminth taxa occurred at the local and regional levels, respectively. The differences in several helminth community measures in green frogs among locations stress the importance of local ecological conditions on helminth community structure.

Patrick M. Muzzall, Merritt G. Gillilland, III, Cheryl S. Summer, and Charles J. Mehne "HELMINTH COMMUNITIES OF GREEN FROGS RANA CLAMITANS LATREILLE, FROM SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN," Journal of Parasitology 87(5), 962-968, (1 October 2001). https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2001)087[0962:HCOGFR]2.0.CO;2
Received: 15 September 2000; Accepted: 1 February 2001; Published: 1 October 2001
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