Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

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Infección de hemoparásitos en los ratones del bosque nuboso y cerca de los hábitats perturbados

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Publication Date

December 2006

Abstract

Conversion of habitat by humans is pervasive, increasing, and the root of serious environmental problems. This study was performed to find differences in blood parasite infections of host mice in neotropical cloud forest versus nearby disturbed habitat. In Monteverde, Costa Rica, mice were trapped and examined for blood parasite species richness and abundance in primary forest and disturbed areas near houses. Twenty-eight mice were captured: 15 from the forest and 13 from the disturbed habitats. Eighty-six percent of these mice were of the species Peromyscus nudipes. There was no significant difference of parasite species richness between mice from the forest habitat (mean = 2.818 ± 1.25; N = 11) and disturbed habitat (mean = 3.25 ± 0.75; N = 12)(Mann-Whitney U = 54.5; P > 0.05) or of parasite abundance between the forest habitat (mean = 8.36 ± 5.12; N = 11) and disturbed habitat (mean = 10.33 ± 5.02; N = 12) (Mann-Whitney U = 57.0; P > 0.05). Transference between the habitats may be frequent, causing similarities in parasite infection rates and types between the populations. Peromyscus nudipes is a “weedy” species and possibly does not discern between the different areas, resulting in this transference. Este estudio se realizó para encontrar diferencias en las infecciones de hemoparásitos en la sangre de los ratones hospederos en los bosques nubosos neotropicales versus el hábitat perturbado cercano.

Keywords

Mice, Ratones, Blood--Parasites, Sangre--Parasitos, Environmental impact analysis, Analisis de impacto ambiental, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde, CIEE Fall 2006, CIEE Otoño 2006

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Student Affiliation : Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Born Digital

Subject: topical

Mice; Ratones; Blood--Parasites; Sangre--Parasitos; Environmental impact analysis; Analisis de impacto ambiental; CIEE Fall 2006; CIEE Otoño 2006

Subject: geographic

Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone; Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde

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|Monteverde Institute MVI

Identifier

M39-00348

Blood parasite infection in mice from cloud forest and nearby disturbed habitats

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