Hookworms (Uncinaria lucasi) and acanthocephalans (Corynosoma spp. and Bolbosoma spp.) found in dead northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) on St. Paul Island, Alaska in 2007
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Intestines of dead northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) on St. Paul Island (SPI), Alaska were inspected for specific internal parasites (hookworms and acanthocephalans) in July and August, 2007. Pups (n = 64) were examined for adult hookworms (Uncinaria lucasi) and four (6.25%) were infected. The number of specimens per infected pup was 1, 2, 2, or 408. Low prevalence was similar to that determined in the last investigation (2001) in dead fur seal pups on SPI by two of the present authors (Lyons and Spraker). Subadult males (SAMS—3–4 years old, n = 115) were examined for acanthocephalans and 25 (21.7.0%) were infected. Adult Corynosoma (C. obtuscens, C. strumosum, and C. validum) (n = 56) and immature Bolbosoma spp. (n = 4) were found. Apparently, this is a new host record for C. obtuscens and C. validum. Notes were made on finding tapeworms. in 114 of the 115 SAMs. Examination of some specimens revealed scolices characteristic of Diphyllobothrium spp.