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1 April 1991 SOME EFFECTS OF TICK INFESTATIONS ON JUVENILE NORTHERN BROWN BANDICOOT (ISOODON MACROURUS)
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The effect of tick infestations on body weight and various blood parameters was monitored in juvenile northern brown bandicoots (Isoodon macrourus) after release into tick-infested or tick-free enclosures. Three species of ticks were observed in the enclosures, Haemaphysalis humerosa, Ixodes tasmani and Ixodes holocyclus. Bandicoots released into tick-infested enclosures showed a reduced growth rate (1.8 versus 2.5 g/day increase in body weight), a reduced haematocrit value (27.4 versus 40.0%) and an increased number of white blood cells when compared with bandicoots released into tick-free enclosures. These results suggest that tick infestations may influence the health of juvenile I. macrourus.

Gemmell, Cepon, Green, and Stewart: SOME EFFECTS OF TICK INFESTATIONS ON JUVENILE NORTHERN BROWN BANDICOOT (ISOODON MACROURUS)
R. T. Gemmell, G. Cepon, P. E. Green, and N. P. Stewart "SOME EFFECTS OF TICK INFESTATIONS ON JUVENILE NORTHERN BROWN BANDICOOT (ISOODON MACROURUS)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 27(2), 269-275, (1 April 1991). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-27.2.269
Received: 15 May 1990; Published: 1 April 1991
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