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1 July 1983 CHARACTERISTICS OF NATURAL INFECTIONS OF THE STOMACH WORM, OBELISCOIDES CUNICULI (GRAYBILL), IN LAGOMORPHS AND WOODCHUCKS IN CANADA
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Wild lagomorphs and woodchucks collected predominantly in southern Ontario, Canada were examined for subspecies of Obeliscoides cuniculi (Graybill). Obeliscoides cuniculi multistriatus was found in snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus). Obeliscoides cuniculi cuniculi was found in cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus), European hares (Lepus capensis) and woodchucks (Marmota monax). Prevalence of Obeliscoides cuniculi multistriatus in snowshoe hares was 100% and mean intensity (and range of intensity) was 760 (9–4,198) in Lindsay, Ontario in 1980. Mean intensity in hares varied trimonthly. The highest mean intensity of worms occurred in spring when most worms were adult. Transmission occurred mainly in spring. Most worms present in fall (70%) and winter (54%) were fourth stage. Immature fifth-stage and gravid females were present in hares during fall and winter. Prevalence and mean intensity of O. c. cuniculi in cottontails was 15% and 29 (1–118). Prevalence and mean intensity of O. c. cuniculi in woodchucks was 6% and 56 (16–118). European hares were infected with O. c. cuniculi, prevalence was 10% and mean intensity was 60 (36–83). In Ontario woodchucks and European hares were common in areas frequented by cottontail rabbits and probably acquired sporadic infections of O. c. cuniculi from infected cottontails.

Measures and Anderson: CHARACTERISTICS OF NATURAL INFECTIONS OF THE STOMACH WORM, OBELISCOIDES CUNICULI (GRAYBILL), IN LAGOMORPHS AND WOODCHUCKS IN CANADA
Lena N. Measures and Roy C. Anderson "CHARACTERISTICS OF NATURAL INFECTIONS OF THE STOMACH WORM, OBELISCOIDES CUNICULI (GRAYBILL), IN LAGOMORPHS AND WOODCHUCKS IN CANADA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 19(3), 219-224, (1 July 1983). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-19.3.219
Received: 18 October 1982; Published: 1 July 1983
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