Parasitology Research

, Volume 96, Issue 6, pp 413–417 | Cite as

Prevalence and intensity of blood and intestinal parasites in a field population of a Mediterranean lizard, Lacerta lepida

  • L. Amo
  • J. A. Fargallo
  • J. Martínez-Padilla
  • J. Millán
  • P. López
  • J. Martín
Short Communication


We describe the blood and intestinal parasites in the Ocellated lizard, Lacerta lepida, examining the factors that determine the prevalence and intensity of infection of haemogregarines, and the prevalence of coccidia and nematodes. In relation to haemogregarines, no juveniles were detected as being infected, whereas 71.7 % of adults were infected. The prevalence of infection was positively related to the size of the adults. There were no differences between seasons or sexes in the prevalence or intensity of infection in adults. There were no significant differences in the prevalence of infection by nematodes between ages or sexes, nor in relation to the size of adult lizards, but adult lizards excreting coccidian oocysts tend to be smaller. During the mating period, reproductive activities lead to a decrease in the body condition. However, neither the intensity of haemogregarine’s infection nor the prevalence of intestinal parasites was related to the lizards’ body condition.


Body Condition Intestinal Parasite Blood Parasite Tail Condition Oocyst Excretion 
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We thank “El Ventorrillo” MNCN Field Station for use of their facilities. Financial support was provided to L. Amo by an “El Ventorrillo” C.S.I.C. grant, to P. López by the MCYT project BOS 2002-00598, and to J. Martín by the MCYT project BOS 2002-00547. The experiment complies with the current laws of Spain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Amo
    • 1
  • J. A. Fargallo
    • 1
  • J. Martínez-Padilla
    • 2
  • J. Millán
    • 3
  • P. López
    • 1
  • J. Martín
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ecología EvolutivaMuseo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.Centre for Ecology and Hydrology BanchoryScotlandUK
  3. 3.Empresa de Gestión MedioambientalConsejería de Medio AmbienteSevillaSpain

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