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1 December 2007 Depauperate Parasite Faunas in Introduced Populations of Podarcis (Squamata: Lacertidae) Lizards in North America
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We surveyed all four extant North America populations of introduced Podarcis (Podarcis muralis and Podarcis sicula) for helminths and hematozoans; both parasite groups infect these lizards in their native European habitats. We found only small numbers of helminths and no hematozoans. We conclude that either these two Podarcis species did not bring many parasites with them, appropriate intermediate hosts are lacking, or that these populations have not been in North America long enough for new parasite faunas to become established.

Russell L. Burke, Stephen R. Goldberg, Charles R. Bursey, Susan L. Perkins, and Paul T. Andreadis "Depauperate Parasite Faunas in Introduced Populations of Podarcis (Squamata: Lacertidae) Lizards in North America," Journal of Herpetology 41(4), 755-757, (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1670/07-023.1
Accepted: 1 June 2007; Published: 1 December 2007
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