Acanthocephalus bufonis (Acanthocephala) from Bufo marinus (Bufonidae : Amphibia) in Hawaii

Barton, D.P., and Pichelin, S. (1999) Acanthocephalus bufonis (Acanthocephala) from Bufo marinus (Bufonidae : Amphibia) in Hawaii. Parasite, 6 (3). pp. 269-272.

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During a survey of the helminth parasites of the introduced load, Bufo marinus, on O'ahu, Hawaii, an acanthocephalan corresponding to Acanthocephalus bufonis (Shipley, 1903) was found in the intestinal tract. This is a new host and locality record for A. bufonis which has only previously been recorded from amphibians in the Orient. Possible mechanisms for the introduction of A. bufonis to Hawaii, and its transmission to the toad, are discussed. Almost 98 % of toads were infected with a mean intensify of: 28.6 acanthocephalans per infected toed. There was a significant negative correlation between host length and intensity of infection with subadult toads having significantly higher infection levels than adult male and female loads. Trunk length of both male and female acanthocephalans was significantly related to host length.

Item ID: 27423
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1252-607X
Keywords: toad; acanthocephalu; hawaiy; bufo; marinu; bufo marinu; acanthocephalan; acanthocephala; amphibia; trunk length; host; shipley; length; subadult; helminth
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 02:35
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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