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11 February 2021 Parasites of Southern Short-Tailed Shrews, Blarina carolinensis (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae) from Arkansas and Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Chris T. McAllister, John M. Kinsella, Lance A. Durden, Stephen E. Greiman, Dennis J. Richardson, Vasyl V. Tkach
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Abstract

From November 2016 to October 2020, 14 adult southern short-tailed shrews, Blarina carolinensis (Bachman), were collected from Arkansas (n = 10) and Oklahoma (n = 4) and examined for parasites. All were infected and/or infested with various endo- and ectoparasites, including 3 trematodes (Brachylaima thompsoni, Ectosiphonus rhomboideus, Panopistus pricei), a cestode (Cryptocotylepis anthocephalus), 2 nematodes (Longistriata caudabullata and larval Porrocaecum sp.), an acanthocephalan cystacanth (Centrorhynchus conspectus), 3 mites (Olistrophorus blarina, Echinonyssus blarinae, and Prowichmannia cf. spinifera), and a tick (Ixodes scapularis). In addition, an epifaunistic beetle (Leptinus americanus) was found on 1 of the B. carolinensis collected. We document a new host and 9 new distributional records, and the first records of helminth parasites from any shrew from Arkansas or Oklahoma.

Chris T. McAllister, John M. Kinsella, Lance A. Durden, Stephen E. Greiman, Dennis J. Richardson, and Vasyl V. Tkach "Parasites of Southern Short-Tailed Shrews, Blarina carolinensis (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae) from Arkansas and Oklahoma, U.S.A.," Comparative Parasitology 88(1), 22-33, (11 February 2021). https://doi.org/10.1654/1525-2647-88.1.22
Published: 11 February 2021
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