Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

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Mary E. Kutch

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March 2003

Abstract

The majority of animal species are parasites, and free-living animals almost certainly harbor at least one host- specific parasite species. This study surveyed the intestinal parasites in a Costa Rican population of white-nosed coatis (Nasua narica). Scat was collected and analyzed under a compound microscope using the direct smear technique, and parasite morphospecies were counted and identified. All samples contained endoparasites, the most abundant of which were nematodes. They were present in 95% of the samples and included the genera Enterobius, Strongyloides, and Dorylaimus, Physaloptera, Diphyllobothrium latum, and a ciliate- possibly Bresslaua vorax, were also observed. Members of this tropical population of N. narica are host to similar phyla and genera of intestinal parasites as individuals in temperate populations, but differ by species. La mayoría de los especies de animales son parásitos, y los animales que viven libres por certidumbre encubren a menos de un especie de parásito específico a un anfitrión. Este investigación examinó los parásitos intestinales en un población de pizotes (Nasua narica). Su excremento fue colectado, analizado bajo de un microscopio compuesto, utilizando la técnica de embarradura directa y los morpho-especies fueron contados e identificados. Todos las muestras tuvieron parásitos interiores, lo más abundante de que fueron lombrices, presente en noventa y cinco por ciento de las muestras, y incluyeron Enterobius, Strongyloides, y Dorylaimus. Physaloptera, un ciliate- quizás Bresslaua vorax, y Diphyllobothrium latum fue observado, también. Miembros de este población de pizotes contienen grupos similares de los parásitos intestinales en individuos de la zona temperlada, pero son diferentes especies.

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Student affiliation: Department of Biology, Purdue University Digitized by MVI

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Monteverde Institute MVI

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M39-00137

Parasites in scats of Nasua narica (Procyonidae)

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